Braith Nock will look to continue his rise through the NSW jockey’s ranks at Moree on Saturday, with the young prodigy set to take an excellent book of rides.
Aboard the Brett Cavanough-trained Just Strolling, Nock rode his first winner with his first-ever race ride at Inverell on New Year’s Day.
Almost a year later, the 21-year-old has ridden 46 victories and 22 winners this season, making him the third-most prolific apprentice in country NSW behind only Zac Wadick (27 ½) and Anna Roper (26) in 2023/24.
With a full book at Moree, plenty of his rides are in the market, and his first will be for his mother, Jane Clement, when jumping aboard the well-supported Dozen Kilpatrick the 950m Maiden Handicap.
Despite drawing gate nine of nine, the Bendemeer-trained four-year-old was $4 into $3 at the time of publishing.
The Capitalist gelding has started 16 times for five minor placings and is always close.
Connections find their easiest maiden for a while, and punters believe he can break through for a well-earned win.
Later in the program, Nock and Clement appear to have another good chance, with Jade considered a $3.80 chance in the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap.
The six-year-old has been racing in good form, and three starts back, she won the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Inverell.
Since then, she has placed at Tamworth in the same grade, beaten by Dynastic over seven furlongs, which raced well in a more challenging race at Armidale earlier this month.
Last start, she ran fifth, beaten less than two lengths in the Inverell Bush Battlers Cup.
The pair run into Dynastic again at Moree but meet their rival 8.5kg better in the weights.
Nock’s best chance looks to be on the Cindy Monaghan-trained Precious Socks (gate 8) in the 950m Class Two Handicap.
The Dubbo-trained galloper is an absolute speedster, subsequently opening the $1.50 favourite.
The Reward For Effort mare previously raced in Victoria and has started for Monaghan four times for three third-placings.
Everything indicates that 950m will be right up her alley, plus the two-kilogram claim means she will only carry 53kg.
The Sally Torrens-trained Gold Smiles is another big chance for the young jockey, with the $4.60 chance one of the major players in the 1600m Class One Handicap.
The Gunnedah-trained gelding has been racing in good form, winning his maiden at Moree in November before fishing second in the 1450m Class One Handicap at Muswellbrook late last month.
Connections draw softly with gate four, and Gold Smiles should be on the pace in the eight-furlong event.
Of Nock’s other rides, they aren’t without their chances, with the apprentice jumping on the Paddy Cunningham-trained Casino Moe ($9.50) in the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap and the Luke Pepper-trained Warrant ($21) in the 1300m Maiden Plate.
As always, it is expected to be another bumper Moree Ag Supplies and Steel Moree Twilight meeting, with the Twilight Races always attracting a good crowd.
The gates will open midday, with the first race jumping at 1.44 pm.
There will be fashions on the field, and Brother Hollow will be rocking out some tunes for the crowd.
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Moree tips – 16/12/2023
Race 1: Hercules Morse – $2.90
Race 2: Precious Socks – $1.55
Race 3: Jade – $3.80
Race 4: Volcanic Gold – $6.50
Race 5: Always Hunting – $2.50
Race 6: Vertical – $9.50