Hyeronimus back from holiday
STAR apprentice jockey Adam Hyeronimus returns from suspension at Grafton today - the first of his career - eager to get back among the winners.
The 18-year-old has seven rides on today's bumper 10-event program, featuring the Dale Thompson Remembrance Open Handicap (1100m), in honour of the late former Clarence River Jockey Club chief executive.
Hyeronimus copped a careless riding suspension at Armidale, his first brush with racing officialdom.
“I went down to see Mum and Dad in Cowra for a couple of days while I was off,” Hyeronimus said.
“It was good to catch-up.
“This is the first time I've been suspended. I've missed riding in races.”
The lad has slipped to second on the NSW country apprentices' premiership with 43 wins, three-and-a-half behind Tamworth-based Timothy Bell.
“I hope to turn that around soon,” Hyeronmus said.
His mounts today are: Red Lightning (race 2) for Alan Ryan, Nanny Nanssie (race 3, John Shelton), Zoe Eliese (race 4, David Campbell), Quisatana (race 7, Wayne Lawson), Facundo (race 8, Peter Sinclair), King Of The Skies (race 9, Ken Lantry) and Some Hope (race 10, Campbell).
“I ride Nanny Nanssie's work. I think she'll run well,” Hyeronimus suggested.
“And if that horse of Ken Lantry's is anywhere near its best, it's got to be hard to beat.”
Nanny Nanssie, a four-year-old Sequalo mare, is part-owned by Pat Bramich and resumes from a 428-day injury-enforced spell.
King Of The Skies has two runs under its belt since resuming from a long break - both, on paper, appear to be moderate efforts at Warwick Farm and Scone.
However, the four-year-old gelding, a Canterbury winner, has a class edge on his rivals if anywhere near fit.
The appearance of Brett Bellamy's smart sprinter Sectagonal in the Dale Thompson Remembrance adds a touch of quality to the race.
Sectagonal, a winner of nine races and $279,125 in prizemoney, hasn't started since its 1.3 lengths fourth to Mr Hornblower at Doomben on March 28. Bellamy, who will also saddle up Lotsamoola (Stephen Traecey) and Hotshot Hayil (Raymond Spokes) in the race, has booked 3kg claiming Japanese rider Shohei Shirahama for Sectagonal.