Souquet out to continue winning run at Leeton

Nick Souquet. Photo: Bradley Photos.

In-form Southern Districts jockey Nick Souquet will look to continue his hot run at Leeton on Saturday. 

The 49-year-old – a winner of over 1300 races and eight Southern District’s jockeys titles – has been in rare touch, riding a double over the Albury Gold Cup carnival late last month, which included a victory on the Paul Murray-trained Espirito in the $75,000 Albury City Handicap (1175m). 

Souquet followed that good form up with a double at Wagga earlier this month, proving he still has some of the best hands in southern NSW and northern Victoria.  

“It’s been a good run,” Souquet said.  

“It’s good to get some wins, and you’ve got to keep on winning because they can quickly forget you in this industry.”

Most recently, Souquet travelled from Wodonga to Gundagai on Sunday, winning on the Joe Cleary-trained Hurricane Coni in the 1400m Maiden Handicap.  

“I’m just getting on some better horse, and that helps, and that horse of Joe’s will be all right,” Souquet said. 

“He drew sticky on a tight track but found the line really well.”

Souquet heads to Leeton with a good book of rides.

In the Coprice Leeton Cup (1600m), he jumps aboard the John Rolfe-trained The Pres (gate 6), and he’ll again team up with Rolfe in the 1050m Maiden Handicap when riding  Dubai Oak (gate two). 

Riding for Phil Sweeney, Souquet will ride Magic Jack (gate 9) in the 1050m Class Two Handicap and Kratos (gate 5) in the 1150m Maiden Handicap. 

While drawn in the car park, one of his best chances will be on the Shane Bloomfield-trained Delivered in the 1150m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

“That horse of Shane’s goes well, and it would be my best ride of the day, but I’ll have a better look at the form today, and hopefully, a few of them can run good races,” Souquet said. 

In the feature event on the day, Souquet’s mount The Pres has been pretty close in more challenging company, and connections will be hoping their jockey can weave some magic. 

Souquet’ won the Leeton Cup ‘a few times’, but his most recent success in the event was ten years ago, and it was one of his most memorable rides. 

Teaming up with Jerilderie trainer Phil Sweeney in 2013, he navigated Cee Cee’  N’ Dry ($4.40 fav) from a horror draw to win the feature event. 

“It’s a good place to race, and it’s always a good day out there,” Souquet said. 

“It’s a tight little place, and you’d prefer to be on the speed, but it’s one of those places that if you’re good enough, you can virtually win from anywhere.” 

Leeton will host a well-supported six-race non-TAB program on Saturday, complemented by plenty of off-track entertainment. 

The Maple Lane Boutique fashions on the field will attract fashionistas of all types, there is kid’s entertainment, and DJ Bones will provide live music from 3pm onwards. 

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