Apprentice a winner
COFFS Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis has trained hundreds of thoroughbred winners during his career but he believes he has a ready-made star of the two-legged variety.
Japanese-born apprentice Noriyuki Masuda, indentured to Jarvis, is fast making a name for himself despite his inexperience.
Yesterday the 26-year-old, born in Yamaguchi, rode his third winner from just ten rides when successful aboard the David Kelly-trained Zizzeldo in the Koppers Wood Products Maiden (1006m).
Masuda only started riding three weeks back and scored on his first ever ride aboard Life Patrol at Grafton.
"Brilliant, an unbelievable kid," Jarvis said. "He just wants to work, get as much experience as he can.
"He's riding heaps of work back home and improving all the time."
Before being apprenticed Masuda's only experience with horses was show jumping back in Japan.
Jarvis is tutoring Masuda in the many guises.
"He carries a whip but he's not allowed to use it unless we tell him," Jarvis added. "We are teaching him to get his rhythm with the whip before using it.
"He's going to the mechanical horse a few times a week to learn."
Masuda sports a wide grin and is delighted and savours each victory.
Zizzeldo, a three-year-old by Zizou, made an auspicious debut yesterday and continued former champion Northern Rivers apprentice David Kelly's phenomenal run when he brings his Gold Coast-trained horses back to Grafton.
"He's a promising little horse," Kelly's father and stable foreman Rex Kelly said. "We thought he could win that's why we brought him back here.
"The stable's been having a good trot."
Masuda even had to overcome a check at the 700m before scoring by a half-length on the $4 chance.
Local trainer Bruce Swan landed a long overdue win when Sahara Snip led all the way in the Clarence Valley Maiden (1006m).
The four-year-old chestnut mare is owned and bred by Gold Coast-based Grant Phelan.
"She didn't grow as a yearling. She was a runty little thing," Phelan said.
"I just left her in the paddock early and let mother nature do her thing. She's only small but she can run."
"Sahara Snip is the mare's (Snipover) second foal," Phelan added.
"The first foal by Magic Albert won in Sydney and I've got a nice foal by Clang at home.