Northam eyes success at Quirindi

Rod Northam. Photo: Northern Daily Leader.

Rod Northam will venture to Quirindi on Tuesday confident his team of four runners can land him a winner or two.

The in-form trainer will combine with stable apprentice Reece Jones, who jumps aboard two of his gallopers, while popular country hoop Aaron Bullock will take the other two rides after regular jockey Grant Buckley was made unavailable.

“I don’t use Aaron a lot, but Reece and Grant were both originally going to Gosford, but with the riders now being in areas, with metro, provincial and country, there were some changes,” Northam said. 

“Grant is riding provincial, so he couldn’t ride for me, and Reece decided he was going to the country, and I didn’t have jockeys booked, so I used him on a couple.”

Jones will ride Magic Charlee in the 1600m Class Three Handicap and Papa John in the 1450m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

“Tamworth was washed out for Magic Charlee, so Reece will ride him, and Papa John was meant to go to Taree, but it was a heavy track and when Reece was available to ride him at Quirindi, I decided to go there as he has a good association with Papa John.”

Bullock will ride Hammoon Jig in the 1100m Maiden Plate and Mr Whitacre in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap and Northam believed his best chance of a victory arrived in the latter Bullock’s two rides.

“My best chance is probably Mr Whitacre, he won last start at Muswellbrook, and he beat the stable mate and there was a big gap back to third,” Northam said.

“The start before at Tamworth, he was only just beaten and again there was a big gap back to third.”

The four-year-old looks a nice type and connections will be hoping for a good run, with Mr Whitacre set to be sold via Inglis Auctions following the run.

“The distance suits, Quirindi will suit, Aaron will put him up on the speed and he should get a good chance to win,” Northam said.

The Scone trainer was looking forward to racing at Quirindi, praising the country track. 

“I love it, I love Quirindi,” Northam said.

“There is a bit of a hill, and they have to come down it, but most horses handle it.

“It’s a good surface, the track is always good, and the committee is great.”

The seven-race Quirindi Jockey Club program is set to jump at 12.20pm and it looks a terrific betting program with 102 acceptors and a variety of open races.