RIDING HIGH: Fledgling jockey Noriyuki Masuda scored on Life Patrol at his first race ride on the weekend. Photo: Bruce Thomas / Trackside Photography
RIDING HIGH: Fledgling jockey Noriyuki Masuda scored on Life Patrol at his first race ride on the weekend. Photo: Bruce Thomas / Trackside Photography Bruce Thomas

Dream start for Japanese hoop

WORLD traveller Noriyuki Masuda enjoyed every jockey's dream at Saturday's Grafton race meeting.

The Japanese-born mature-age apprentice had his first race ride aboard Life Patrol in the second event and won on the $21 outsider.

Masuda only joined the stables of Jim and Kris Jarvis at Coffs Harbour recently on advice from Gold Coast trainer David Kelly.

"David sent him to us because he would be able to ride in races sooner than he could in Queensland," Jarvis said.

"It was obvious he knew how to sit on from riding in trials so we chased up a couple of rides on the weekend to give him more experience.

"Blow me down but he got on one for Terry McCarthy and won at his first start.

"Rode it as good as Jim Pike."

The newest addition to local jockey ranks has had a varied career. Starting at the British Racing School, Masuda rode out for famous Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain.

Deciding to see more of the world he found work as a track rider with David Harrison in Western Australia and John Keys in Tasmania.

Joining Kelly on the Gold Coast led to a formal riding apprenticeship with the papers now transferred to the Northern Rivers.

"He's led an interesting life for a young bloke," Jarvis said.

"That kid from Hong Kong, Michael Chadwick, came here and rode a winner at his first start for Brett Bellamy and is now one of the best in the world. Noriyuki hasn't gone that far yet but if he's keen to work hard he could have a big future after starting out the best way you can."

RIDING HIGH: Fledgling jockey Noriyuki Masuda scored on Life Patrol at his first race ride on the weekend.