Nation boy to chase $1 million Reward in The Hunter

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Country boy to chase $1 million Reward in The Hunter


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Aaron Bullock will journey the Kris Lees-trained Particular Reward within the $1 million The Hunter

For a self-confessed child from the bush who relishes driving the Nation Cups circuit, a chance in a $1 million race is a second to treasure.

However don’t count on Aaron Bullock to make a behavior of it.

The 30-year-old, who was born in Tumut however grew up within the Hunter Valley city of Singleton, is a rustic boy at coronary heart.

After relocating to Newcastle six years in the past to hyperlink up with coach Kris Lees, Bullock has loved nice success on NSW’s second tier racing circuits.

He rides a lot of Lees’ greatest horses in trackwork however his forays to city are uncommon.

“I don’t get to the town a lot however I might moderately it that approach,” Bullock stated.

“He helps me in the entire nation and provincial areas and I’m very grateful for that.

“I might moderately be the place I’m. I’m a bush man at coronary heart and I really like the bush racing.”

Bullock finds himself in a singular place on Saturday when he rides at his residence observe of Newcastle however competes for metropolitan prize cash

He has been strongly supported with a great ebook, together with the Richard Litt-trained Shaddy within the Group Three Spring Stakes (1600m) and debutant Child Wong for Stephen Jones within the Max Lees Traditional (900m).

However the jewel within the crown is the mount on the Lees-trained Particular Reward within the $1 million The Hunter (1300m).

Whereas Bullock has ridden the sprinter simply as soon as in a race, he has been his common trackwork rider for the reason that gelding arrived from Perth 12 months in the past.

And that’s no imply feat.

“He’s not the best horse to journey and never many like driving him so I get caught with him,” Bullock stated.

“I put up with him each morning.

“He’s been taking part in up at residence and that’s when he races good. I’m hoping he can get again to his greatest.”

Particular Reward did not run the 1500m out strongly when fifth within the Cameron Handicap and over-raced in blinkers when he dissatisfied within the Sydney Stakes final begin.

The blinkers come off on Saturday and Bullock is hoping that helps the horse flip his type round.

Not simply to ship him a major win, however to reward the loyalty of connections.

“It might imply quite a bit. I do know the unique homeowners, who’ve nonetheless acquired a half-share, have actually pushed for me to journey this horse,” Bullock stated.

“Alternatives like this don’t come round typically and simply to take advantage of it and get the job finished can be nice.”

Bullock can be upbeat in regards to the possibilities of Shaddy, who he partnered to his maiden victory at Newcastle and a second on the identical observe final begin.

“He’s going the appropriate approach and he may be very aggressive,” Bullock stated.

 



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