O’Shea leads the charge for McDonald’s services
Randwick trainer John O’Shea has Kiwi whizz-kid James McDonald in his sights and is trying to lure the champion New Zealand apprentice to Australia on a permanent basis.
McDonald is on the verge of becoming the first rider to score 200 wins in a New Zealand racing season.
His current mark of 197 victories is the equal of Lisa Cropp’s former record set in the 2005/06 racing season.
O’Shea said last Saturday’s Group I win aboard Scarlett Lady in the Queensland Oaks is the tip of the iceberg for the 19-year-old jockey.
“We’re endeavouring to entice him to Sydney,” O’Shea said.
“We’ve been in contact with him and I believe he’s a wasted talent where he is.
“He’s on the crest of a wave at the moment and the timing is perfect.
“Some of the senior riders have a break at this time of year so he won’t get a better chance to establish himself before the spring.”
On Saturday, McDonald will ride O’Shea’s two Eagle Farm runners, Leading in the Queensland Derby and Tigress Lily in the Queensland Guineas.