Jayden Barrie eyes breakthrough win at Tocumwal

Jayden Barrie after his win in the 2023 Bowman Sprint on the Pat Farrell-trained Zakor. Image: Bradley Photos.

Racing is a fickle sport, and for jockeys, riding winners is the name of the game. 

Still, it does come down to opportunities, and apprentice hoop Jayden Barrie will be out to make the most of his chances at Tocumwal on Saturday. 

Taking four rides on the non-TAB program, the 24-year-old is still searching for his first winner since moving from Muswellbrook to Tumut. 

Now based with Kerry Weir, rides have been few and far between since he kicked off in the Southern Districts in late February, and Barrie said he was chasing that elusive 21st career win. 

“My riding style seems to fit in the Southern Districts, but I’ve not had that winner yet,” Barrie told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“I probably came at the wrong time, with the Albury carnival and everything, and it can be hard to get rides when you first show up. 

“Still, even with no winners, I feel like I’ve been riding well and making no mistakes; I’m in a good mindset, and all I need is that first winner to coach me along.” 

A born-and-bred Kempsey product, Barrie kicked off his career in 2019, starting with Hilary Dew before spending time with Brett Bellamy in Coffs Harbour and, most recently, Cassandra Stummer in Muswellbrook.

Now, under the watchful eye of Weir, a successful jockey in the region, before turning his attention to training, Barrie said he was enjoying the quieter lifestyle. 

“It’s beautiful here in Tumut; nice and quiet, and I enjoy the place,” Barrie said. 

“Kerry has been excellent. His whole family welcomed me with open arms and made me feel right at home.”

Weir, who had success with former apprentice Megan Creed (nee Taylor), knows how to get a young jockey firing on all cylinders.

“Kerry’s been great, and my weight has been as good as it’s ever been,” Barrie said. 

“Kerry has been onto me about being fit and healthy and always working on my weight.

“I really like it here and feel like I’ll stay here in the Southern Districts.”

Making the long trip to Tocumwal on Easter Saturday, Barrie will team up with Grant White when riding Lunar Landing (1300m BM45), Calypso Rich (1300m Tocumwal Cup), and Gibbed (1600m BM50), while his best chance appears to be on the Alicia MacPherson-trained Gulf Of Finland in the 1100m Class Two Handicap. 

Gulf Of Finland won his maiden at Corowa in December and hasn’t been too far away in Benchmark 58 grade in recent starts. 

“I like Gulf Of Finland and Lunar Landing,” Barrie said. 

“Gulf Of Finland won at Corowa. He led all the way, kicked on them, and won by three lengths. 

“Plus, with Lunar Landing, he raced at the picnics last start, carried a lot of weight, and got knocked off. 

“I know he can handle the weight and if he runs up to that effort, he should go close.”

On a big day at the annual Tocumwal meeting, Barrie will be just one of the many storylines.

The $20,000 Tocumwal Cup, a very competitive field, will headline the program, which commences at 1 pm. 

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To book Jayden Barrie for future rides, call 0484 286 769.