Bullock closing in on third-straight century of winners

Aaron Bullock has ridden 92 winners so far this season and has one week to get eight more if he is to ride his third-straight century of winners.

Aaron Bullock will need to pull out one of his better weeks in the saddle if he is to reach his goal of 100 winners in the 2021/22 racing season, with the new season set to kick-off on Monday.

The Tumut product and Hunter Valley-based jockey has ridden 92 winners to date, at the impressive strike rate of 17.8 percent, while winning connections almost 2.2 million dollars in prizemoney in the process. 

He will get every chance of reaching a century though, with five rides booked for Taree on Tuesday. 

Bullock will then ride at Wyong on Thursday and Muswellbrook on Sunday.

“Don’t worry, I will be pushing for it and trying my best,” Bullock said. 

“You can never say never. If I can get to the 100 milestone, I’ll be stoked.”

The 31-year-old has been in stellar form, already riding 10 winners in the first three weeks of July, which includes a treble at Muswellbrook (July 1), and winners at Newcastle (July 2), Gunnedah (July 4), Scone (July 9), Gunnedah (July 12), Grafton (July 13), Tamworth (July 22) and Gosford (July 23).

Bullock said it came back to being in a good space, both physically and mentally. 

“I really have been in a good spot,” Bullock said, 

“I have been able to keep my weight consistent and we are getting to the back-end of winter, and it is always hard to get my weight spot on but I’ve been working hard to keep it down and I’m really happy with how I’m going.

“What brings you down is when you don’t have your weight right and every day seems an uphill battle, but when you put the preparation in and work hard, you’ll be right and I’m finding that now.”

Whether Bullock reaches a century of winners or not is a moot point, with the talented hoop riding 102 winners in 2019/20 and 104 winners in 2020/21, and with 92 already under his belt this season, he has demonstrated he is easily one of the most consistent and prolific jockeys in the state.

“I just go out there to average 100 winners, and what happens, happens,” Bullock said. 

“Every year I want to get those winners. For me, it’s not about having 1000 rides a season, but about getting close to that 100 winners so I know I am getting those results for everyone involved.

At Taree today, Bullock boasts a strong book of rides, when jumping aboard Adamdeeant ($4.8) in the 1007m Benchmark 58 Handicap, Hemsted ($12) in the 1614m Benchmark 58 Handicap, Lake Mac Lily ($9.50) in the 1257m Maiden Plate, Impact Star ($3.70) in the 1257m Class Three Handicap, and Tribute King ($5) in the 1412m Class Two Handicap.

Despite drawing gate 16 with Tribute King, punters think the Paul Shailer-trained four-year-old is every chance, backing it in from $8 to $5 at the time of going to print. 

The Contributor gelding is first-up from a 206-day spell after most recently raced in Queensland, and it may pay to follow the Northern NSW based galloper.