Gatton jockey in national spotlight
GATTON jockey Jimmy Orman hopes a home track advantage will put Queensland on the board in the National Apprentice Series tomorrow.
Racing at Doomben, Orman, 18, will ride for Gympie trainer Kerry Munce on board Bedisguised for the third leg of the five-race series.
"I'm hoping to get a win and get Queensland on the board," Orman said.
"I've got six rides for the day, it will be a nice race to win."
Last week Orman raced in Victoria, finishing second last on outsider Any Given Bender for Gipsland trainer Lenny Xuereb.
"My horse sort of travelled really well, but when the pressure came on we were left a bit flat," Orman said.
"It was a good experience … I walked the track and it was pretty even.
"Obviously the (Melbourne) jockeys are very good, it was good to see how it's done down there."
Bedisguised trainer Munce said it was the first time he would be working with Orman.
"He's the leading rider in Brisbane and claims 1.5kg off his weight, so I'm pretty happy about that," Munce said.
The five-year-old gelding finished second in his previous start at the Sunshine Coast and was defeated by "a lip" in the Class 3 plate.
"He should have won," Munce said. "I hope Jimmy Orman is an improvement on the last ride."
Munce said the Class 3 Plate at Doomben wouldn't be an easy race.
"It's a tough track, there's well-performing horses in it," he said. "He's a very genuine racehorse ... he's got a bit of talent."