In-form Ben Osmond eyes more success at Port Macquarie

Ben Osmond. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Ben Osmond will arrive in Port Macquarie tomorrow, surrounded by an air of confidence.

The young hoop is fresh off a Tuncurry treble, and a genuinely good day at the races on Saturday, where he jumped aboard five chances, landing three winners and two thirds

“It was pretty good,” Osmond said.

“I was going to the races expecting them to go well, but not expecting to get three (winners).”

In a big day at Tuncurry, Osmond rode the first of the day, guiding the Joel and Wayne Wilkes-trained Let Us Loose ($3.90) to victory in the 920m Maiden Handicap. 

“She is a really little horse, and we were on a really heavy track, and she’s fast and was able to run them off their feet and tough it out in the last 200m,” Osmond said. 

In the third event, Osmond landed a somewhat surprising victory when guiding $16 chance Numbers Fall to victory for Colin Hughes in the 1400m Maiden Plate. 

The three-year-old didn’t make it easy on the young hoop either, but he said it was good to get the win.  

“With him, he (Colin Hughes) wanted me to lead but the ones inside me were too quick and I had to settle back on him,” Osmond said. 

“I popped off them on the home turn, and he leaned in a bit, and he didn’t make it easy, but he won, and it was good.

“It was only his second race, and he will benefit from that a lot.”

In what Osmond believed was his best chance at Tuncurry, he again combined with Hughes, helping the Taree stable to a double when guiding Wokenwithakiss ($3) to victory in the 1400m Class Two Handicap. 

“I thought the last one (Wokenwithakiss) was my best chance, but after I won the first two, I didn’t know if my best would get it, but we still ended up winning it and it was a good day,” Osmond said. 

“It was just a sit and steer job really. She travelled for me and went where I wanted to put her and as soon as we got clear running up the straight, she was home.” 

The three-kilogram claiming apprentice will jump aboard three chances at Port Macquarie on Friday, riding Tabernaci for Hilary Drew in the 1500 Maiden Handicap, Dickin Medal for boss Todd Howlett in the 1000m Benchmark 66 Handicap and Cool Missile for Dale Wagstaff in the 1200 Benchmark 58 Handicap.

The Dungog product believes he has two very good chances too. 

“Todd Howlett’s and Dale Wagstaff’s should go pretty good,” Osmond said. 

“Both are coming out of stronger races; Todd’s from a provincial race, and Dale’s from a (Benchmark) 66 and they looked really well placed.”

Osmond, who kicked off his career, riding home a winner for Howlett at Gulgong last year, has since ridden 11 winners, and he thought Dicken Medal would go well if there was no rain about. 

“Todd’s horse isn’t a fan of the wet, and it is a soft five now, and hopefully it dries out and we get on top of the ground, and I think he will be hard to beat,” Osmond said,

The 22-year-old has been riding well since kicking off his career, landing winners at Gunnedah, Scone, Tamworth, Taree, Tuncurry and Newcastle to kick off 2022, and while he said chances were sometimes few and far between, he was enjoying his time as an apprentice. 

“It’s going alright,” Osmond said.

“It’s hard to get rides sometimes, but when you do get on the good horses, it makes it all worth it.”

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