Experienced jockey Brett Fliedner enjoying regular rides again

STILL GOING STRONG: Experienced Wagga jockey Brett Fliedner returns a winner on Inside Fifty years ago. Fliedner has five rides at Wagga on Saturday.

STILL GOING STRONG: Experienced Wagga jockey Brett Fliedner returns a winner on Inside Fifty years ago. Fliedner has five rides at Wagga on Saturday.

EXPERIENCED Wagga jockey Brett Fliedner admits he is not getting any younger but that has not dented his determination for a winner.

After a couple of quiet years, Fliedner is back being a regular in the jockey’s rooms on race day.

Fliedner has five rides on the six-race program at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday and he declared his hunger is still as strong as ever.

“Five rides is a lot for me but it wouldn’t worry me if it was 10,” Fliedner said.

“I’d ride all 10 of them. If they’re any good then I’ll win on them. If not, I’ll be trying hard on them anyway. 

“You never know what can happen.”

Fliedner rides trackwork at Wagga every morning and then heads to work afterwards. He is from the old school, he does not have a manager and never asks for rides.

He is unsure as to the exact reason why he back getting regular rides but wants to make the most of the opportunity regardless.

“Whether it’s a shortage, with jockeys unavailable...but I’m riding better now than I ever was,” he said.

“I’m still enjoying it. I’ll go to Balranald for one ride if I’m asked to and while I’m still enjoying it, I’ll keep doing it.”

Fliedner’s best chance on Saturday, arguably, is Athlone River for Wagga trainer Michael Lynch in the Commins Hendriks Solicitors Benchmark 50 Handicap (1200m).

He would love nothing more than to win on the six-year-old.

“I’d love to win one for Michael. He’s a good mate and the horse has been knocking on the door,” Fliedner said.

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