Grafton Preview: Kyle Wilson-Taylor set to pass milestone at Grafton on Tuesday

Mark Tuesday down as another potential milestone moment in the career of boom Northern Rivers apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor.

The Victorian-born Coffs Harbour resident heads to Grafton on Tuesday on 47 wins and stands the real chance of raising the bat on a half century thanks to ripping rides; Sawtell, Rumberella and 2019 Grafton Guineas winner Charmed Princess.

Wilson-Taylor, who turns 21 in December, rode a winner on his first day in the saddle but it has been a bumpy ride along the way after that.

“I broke my wrist twice and then I had a break from riding for nine months so all up I had about 13 months off,’’ he says.

“Both times I got injured I had a bit of momentum up so they came at a bad time but that is part of the game, you have just got to roll with the punches.’’

Kyle Wilson-Taylor rides long shot Free Billy to victory at Grafton last week. Picture: Bill North/The Daily ExaminerSource:News Regional Media

Wilson-Taylor knows exactly how many winners he has ridden, his tally is kept in Racing NSW’s ‘Apprentices Log Book’ adhering to strict guidelines; in short – the more winners you ride the less your claim.

Wilson-Taylor started off at 4kg but is now down to 2kg and not for much longer.

“Once you get to 50 wins you go down to a kilo and a half and then you stay there until you ride 80 and then you have outridden your country claim,’’ he explains.

“I should outride my country claim within the next six months and then I will probably spend a bit longer than that here (on the Northern Rivers) still and then I will move to Sydney.

“(After that), I will probably ride at the provincials because I will have a 3kg claim, the same way it works in the country, and once you have outridden that, you go into the metro area.’’

The usual practice is to ‘loan’ apprentices to various Sydney stables for a period of time and if they are good enough to make the grade, they stay for longer.

Wilson-Taylor is currently indentured to the prolific Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Dodson but when it comes to who Wilson-Taylor would like to call ‘Boss’ when he does eventually make it to Sydney, the choice is clear.

“A trainer I would really love to go would be Mark Newnham,’’ he says.

“He has had the last two top apprentices (Robbie Dolan and Tom Sherry) and he had Rachel King also so I think he would be the best one to go but anyone down there that is willing to support you and put you on the horses, well, there are just as good.’’

Meanwhile, trainer Paul Perry’s chances of adding a Jungle Juice Cup via General Soho to his Golden Slipper and Golden Jubilee Trophies looked like being washed away until some quick rescheduling by Racing NSW yesterday.

Newcastle was chosen to host the 2020 Jungle Juice Cup which was switched from it’s traditional home at Cessnock but the meeting was washed out.

Fortunately for Perry, Hawkesbury (today) was abandoned leaving the way for Newcastle to assume the ‘slot’.

Charmed Princess is back at Grafton and ready to continue her unbeaten run.Source:News Regional Media

GRAFTON A CHARM FOR UNBEATEN PRINCESS

Grafton Guineas winner Charmed Princess will revisit what is undoubtedly the mare’s favourite venue on Tuesday with the added advantage of a suitably soft surface underfoot.

The daughter of Casino Prince has won five races in her 21 starts, three of those have been at Grafton notably the 2019 Guineas.

Charmed Princess is building up to a win after stringing together a sequence of four, occasionally luckless, performances this campaign subsequent to her unsuccessful tilt at a $150,000 Provincial Championship Qualifying Heat in March.

“She has won some very good races and with the claim, she gets in really well at the weights,’’ Wilson-Taylor said.

“She has got a nice draw, she is a better horse on rain affected ground and she loves Grafton being unbeaten in her three runs there.’’

Expect plenty of smiles if Charmed Princess gets up again at Grafton.Source:News Regional Media

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As for another of the jockey’s top chances on Tuesday – Sawtell – he is one of the Brett Dodson stable stalwarts.

In fact the horse goes so far back that Wilson-Taylor rode him in a trial before he had ridden in a proper race.

Wilson-Taylor takes 2kg off the distant Toy Show relative which will no doubt assist given that 2200m is 300m further than Sawtell’s longest winning distance.

“I think he will definitely run the trip,’’ Wilson-Taylor said.

“His run last start was good. We needed to see something out of him which we did. He blew quite a lot so that suggests that he will have come on in condition.”

“The wide draw is only going to suit him because he doesn’t like to be cluttered-up inside other runners.’’

Punters will no doubt flock to Wilson-Taylor’s ride in the Restaurant 24Sixty Class 1 and Maiden Plate (1700m), Rumberella, who may have only won once in his 18 starts but has right placings to his credit, two of them for his new trainer, Edward O’Rourke.

“I am looking forward to having my first ride for Mr O’Rourke on Tuesday,’’ Wilson-Taylor said.

“The horse is third-up and up in trip to 1700m which I think will only suit him. From barrier 4 we can lob into a nice handy spot just off them and he should be fairly head to beat, especially with my 2kg claim.’’

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Originally published asRace preview: Milestone on cards at Grafton for boom apprentice

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