Wales to Australia – The Ash Morgan way

Ashley Morgan.

Ashley Morgan, the Welsh born jockey, has been in fine fettle of late, scoring a hat trick of wins at Binnaway Jockey Club and travelling the state, getting winners at Muswellbrook Race ClubParkes Jockey ClubDubbo Turf Club and Port Macquarie Race Club in the last few weeks.

“I’ve done 70,000km in my car since August when I started riding,” Morgan laughed. 

“I’m keen to go anywhere for a good book of rides.”

The talented jockey already has 34 wins to his name this season, his first full year riding in Australia. 

Morgan, had previously ridden winners in England and France but was riding track work in the US before coming to Australia.

“I’ve been here since May 2018, I came over from America where I was riding work in Santa Anita,” he said. 

When arriving in Australia, the well-travelled hoop started out in Scone and took up some work almost straight away.

“I came over to Scone and started riding track work for Brett Cavanough and applied for my ticket to ride,” he said. 

“I came over to ride as there is a lot of opportunity in NSW.”

Morgan has settled now and is based in Newcastle, putting him in a prime spot for racing and travelling. 

“I live in Newcastle (now), where I ride work; I also ride work in Muswellbrook, Scone and Wyong,” he said. 

The Newcastle-based rider has been making waves on the country circuit and treble at Binnaway wasn’t the jockeys first in Australia.

“It was great to ride a treble at Binnaway, it was my second treble this year after my one at Muswellbrook,” he said.

Out of his treble at Binnaway, two of those rides were for Brett Thompson and Morgan attributes part of his success to the stable’s support. 

“It was good to ride two for Brett Thompson who’s been a big supporter of me since I came over,” he said. 

Morgan’s first season in Australia has been impressive and looks to only improve with time; already getting great backing from country trainer. 

The Welsh hoop has six rides at Mudgee Race Club Inc on Saturday, six on Sunday at Gunnedah Jockey Club and a full book of seven rides at Wellington Race Club NSW on Monday. 

When quizzed on the support, Morgan was just appreciative of the chances. 

“I’m grateful for the loyal support that I get from trainers like Gayna Williams, Paul Messara and Brett Thompson, also Nathan Doyle who’s been providing me with plenty of winners since the turn of the year,” he said.

The future looks bright for Morgan as he pushes his way up the country jockey premiership table.