Bosson shakes up premiership race

Opie Bosson is just two wins away from claiming the New Zealand jockeys’ premiership lead after gaining four wins at Matamata today.

Bosson had three outright victories, while his mount One Cool Family dead-heated the last race with Dangereux. A dead-heat counts as a full win in New Zealand racing.
James McDonald leads the premiership with 145 wins, one clear of Bosson, but is on a working holiday in Ireland and is not expected back before the season ends on July 31.

Mark Du Plessis was lying second behind McDonald with 123 wins when the news broke that McDonald would be away for the rest of the season, but he then took up a contract in Hong Kong.

At that stage, in mid-April, Bosson was third, with 105 wins, but he has steadily bridged the gap with a well timed late run.

His other wins today were on Shakeitup, Savilhro and Cool Diamond.

Bosson could claim the premiership lead as early as Friday, as he is booked for seven mounts at the Egmont meeting. Once he hits the lead, he is unlikely to be beaten for the premiership title, barring an unexpected return from McDonald.

Lisa Allpress is fourth on the premiership with 97 wins.