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Brenton Avdulla is sporting a new look with a five o’clock shadow and has the confidence to carry it off as he continues to ride winners and get the right rides.
Avdulla will again have rides for the biggest stables in town at Rosehill on Saturday – Chris Waller and Godolphin – and also picks up good rides from those who have helped his rise to the top of the jockeys’ ranks over the past couple of years.
“I’m really enjoying it at the moment. It is hard not to when you look at your book of rides and think, ‘that’s a chance, that’s a good chance, gee, that’s a chance’,” Avdulla said. “But you still have to go out and do the job.”
“You get a fair bit of confidence from just riding winners but you can’t lose sight that it is hard work to get here and I want it to continue.”
Avdulla said he trialled a new look and got a good response on Facebook, so the beard will stay for a while. Hopefully his outstanding form at the track will as well.
“It is something different but it’s working well and people are telling me they like it,” he said.
In the past month for Avdulla, as the beard has appeared, there have been three city doubles in Sydney and his remarkable success on Lasqueti Spirit in the VRC Oaks. It has come as no surprise for one of the hardest-working hoops in the state, who opted to stay in Sydney for much of the Melbourne spring carnival instead of chasing the big money. He is now leading the Sydney jockeys’ premiership on 27 wins.
Success breeds opportunity and Avdulla is keen to make the most of rides such as Cottage and Villiers-bound Duca Valentinois for Godolphin at Rosehill on Saturday and Montauk and Quick Defence for Waller.
“Cottage is a nice mare on the way up that is going through her grades and Duca Valentinois is very handy on his day,” Avdulla said. “Montauk is one of those horses that has had a bit of a rap on him for a while.
“The other day [Glyn Schofield ] was able to get him to find the line and winning can help the confidence of those sort of horses and maybe he is ready to show his talent. It is a good chance for me to get on him at the right time.”
Add In The Vanguard from the John Sargent stable, the Kim Waugh-trained Supreme Effort and New Tipperary for Joe Pride and it is easy to see why Avdulla is smiling.
“A horse like New Tipperary has gone to a new level this preparation and because he is up in grade but stays on the limit he is going to enjoy the 1900 metres,” Avdulla said. “I have been on him for the last two wins and he is in that form that makes you think he will run well again.
“Supreme Effort is coming back from a good third at Flemington during the carnival and Kim’s horses are going great and you would think back in grade he will be competitive.
“In The Vanguard is another that could improve, so I go to the races very positive.
“It is a good place to be.”
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