A mix of good fortune and even better form has landed jockey Luke Dittman on one of Queensland’s best youngsters at Doomben on Saturday.
Dittman will ride the Rob Heathcote-trained Prince Of Boom, who returns from a short let up with an eye towards the Sydney spring carnival.
With regular jockey Ben Thompson on the sidelines suspended, connections were left looking for a jockey and after riding both East Asia and Release The Beans to victory for Heathcote recently, Dittman was Johnny-on-the-spot.
“There was a little bit of luck involved to be honest,” Dittman laughed. “I was riding a mare called East Asia for Rob and it came out and won a couple, subsequently Ryan Maloney was sick one day so I picked up the ride on Release The Beans and he has gone and got three in a row.
“Rob said gee you’re having some luck for me so I’ll throw you another bone and it happened to be Prince Of Boom so I am just hoping that luck can continue and I can get him over the line for the stable.”
Prince Of Boom’s ability is no joke however. The Group 2 winner looks to have returned in strong fashion after holding off the well-performed Jonker in a jump out last week.
The son of Spirit Of Boom went from a Sunday Sunshine Coast maiden to Group 2 Champagne Classic winner in the space of six days in his first preparation and Dittman is excited for what he could produce his second time around.
Prince Of Boom with trainer Rob Heathcote at his Eagle Farm stables. Picture: Brad Fleet.Source:News Corp Australia
“The first time I sat on him was last week at a jump out and he was quite impressive, he beat Jonker in the heat,” Dittman said.
“As soon as I got off him I said to Rob he is a machine, he has all the ability of a good horse.
“I had only seen on video as a two-year-old and you can’t knock that campaign and he has come out and trialled and jumped out as a three-year-old so he looks on track to me.
“Rob has had good horses before and he has shown he can bring them back and be better so there’s no reason he can’t do it.
“Jonker didn’t have the blinkers on – obviously he is a better horse with them on – but in saying that he is an old, proven campaigner and my horse jumped and went straight to the front.
“He wasn’t aggressive but he is there doing his own work, as soon as I put him on the bit he was ready to go and he tugged me the whole way to the line, he did it easy to be honest.”
Originally published asDittman lands prized Prince Of Boom ride
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