Noriyuki treble pleases the boss
FOR ANY apprentice jockey to ride three winners at a TAB meeting is noteworthy.
When you are still an inexperienced full-claimer, the feat makes racing folk sit up and take notice.
Coffs Harbour rider Noriyuki Masuda had a dream day on home turf last Friday with three winners including two for master, Jim Jarvis.
He started by winning on $21 outsider Valistegic for local trainer Peter Roach, then backed up in the following race on $3.40 hot favourite Monsieur Noverre for "the boss".
In the last race, the Japanese-born 23-year-old got $9 chance Champagne Rock home in the last stride, but to the joy of trainer Jarvis, the handsome chestnut gelding paid better than $15 on the tote.
"Noriyuki has been so successful with seven winners in his first few weeks riding that I have to keep his feet on the ground," Jarvis said.
"When Peter (Roach) asked how many dollars he should put in the sling I said 'not too many' so that we don't spoil him.
"While he's started out on the right foot, I'll want to keep him grounded as this job has you up there one day and then bites you on the bum the next."
However the trainer said the best run of the day came among the beaten brigade.
"The kid rode a mare called Mucho Caliente that flew home for fourth and don't be surprised if they combine to win next year's Coffs Harbour Cup," he said.
Noriyuki's development stage allows him to claim a 4kg allowance on each mount and to land a treble is highly unusual but not unheard of.
In 2008 another Coffs Harbour apprentice, Michael Chadwick, rode four Lismore winners at his first day on the job with trainer Brett Bellamy.
Chinese-born Chadwick is now a superstar of Hong Kong racing and acclaimed as one of the world's best jockeys.
"Nori has a long way to go to catch young Michael who was just a naturally gifted kid from the start," Jarvis said.
"I've got him on the mechanical horse at the race club three times a week to improve his style and we're helping him get better as a whip rider.
"He's better with it in the right hand than the left, but learning to ride hands-and-heels is the best way to start.
"When I started out as a strapper with Geoff Murphy in Melbourne, he always reckoned a good rider only used the whip on horses that wouldn't try ... and if a horse won't try, you get it out of the stable.
"So we'll guide him along step by step, make sure he keeps his eye on reality and let natural ability come through."
Top trainers Bellamy and Gordon Yorke have started giving Noriyuki rides and that's likely to continue while the jockey continues to work hard and follow instructions as he has lately.
Noriyuki rode with a 4kg allowance for the last time at Lismore on Monday and will spend the next part of his indentures claiming 3kg.
"It's good to see the kids doing well," Jarvis said.
"Gordon Yorke had a new girl, Kaylee Kirkwood, ride for the first time on Friday and she handled it well.
"I saw Kaylee having a photo taken with Gordon and her mother and it must have been a proud day for them."