Cup winning hoop to partner Arctic Shock
Star jockey Michael Rodd returns to the Australian riding ranks on Saturday aboard promising mare Arctic Shock at Flemington.
The winner of the 2007 Melbourne Cup on Efficient, Rodd is one of several jockeys to have bailed from Singapore following the abandonment of racing there because of Covid 19.
After starting his working career as an apprentice carpenter in New South Wales, Michael Rodd changed tack to racing and ended up on the Gold Coast as an apprentice jockey and he won three consecutive Queensland apprentices’ premierships.
OnTrack boss Grant Morgan was pleased to engage Rodd at the suggestion of trainer Chris Meagher.
“I was managing jockeys when Michael was coming up through the ranks at the Gold Coast when apprenticed to Bryan Guy,” said Grant Morgan.
“Michael has always been the consummate professional and a real gentleman.
“I think he will do very well based in Melbourne. He is a very patient rider and keeps horses nicely balanced.”
Arctic Shock steps out over 1800 metres at Flemington after preparatory runs when she was placed over 1300m, 1400m and 1600m.
The daughter of Shocking steps up to a middle distance fourth up this preparation and should be perfectly suited by the trip as she was an impressive Moonee Valley winner over 2040m last preparation.
The prospect of a rain affected track at Flemington holds no terrors for Arctic Shock as she was at home on a heavy 8 last time out and her dam was a very good race mare on heavy tracks in New Zealand.
Rodd replaces stable apprentice Jess Eaton, who has placed on Arctic Shock in each of her 3 starts back this prep.
“Jess (Eaton) has ridden her very well in all three starts and has been a victim of poor barriers.
“No doubt she will get her chance to get back on in the future as her 2kg comes in handy.
“If Michael gets the money on Saturday, Jess should be the first person he thanks,” said Morgan.