Leeton apprentice jockey Josh Richards will be looking to continue his strong start to the new season at Albury on Saturday.
Richards’ shared Southern District’s apprentice title with Rebeka Prest last season and again sits among the top five in the overall premiership after four months.
Richards will travel to Albury with a strong book of rides, which includes two last-start winners.
“I think I’ve got a good book,” Richards said.
“Their is no outstanding ride among them, but they all should be thereabouts.”
Richards will look to continue his strong association with the Andrew Dale stable when he rides Little Red Devil in the HIB Insurance Benchmark 66 Handicap (2000m).
Little Red Devil won the Berrigan Cup (1600m) last start but has not started since that victory on November 3.
“I’ve had a bit of luck with (Dale). When Jake (Duffy) doesn’t ride them, sometimes I’m on them and it’s been good,” Richards said.
“Some might say it’s only a Berrigan Cup but the horses that have won that race generally can win good races at TAB meetings.
“There’s not too much in that race so he should be thereabouts again.”
Another one of Richards’ big chances is Rosie’s Ready in the Boudoir Hair Class One Handicap (1175m).
Richards has ridden the John Whitelaw-trained mare both runs this preparation and believes her best is good enough to feature in the finish on Saturday.
“I’ve ridden against her a bit and she’s always been thereabouts and has a pretty good record,” he said.
“I’ve ridden her both starts this prep and the first up run, I didn’t expect it, but it was really good. I was a little bit disappointed by her run last time but they got away with it in front a bit.
“She seems to race her best at Albury so hopefully she runs well.”
Another ride Richards knows plenty about is Murrawee, who he rode to victory at Wagga in September.
The John Rooney-trained gelding will contest the Vision Screenprinting Benchmark 58 Handicap (900m).
“He must have had a little bit of a freshen up since I ran second on him, then won on him,” he said.
“I think he will be better suited over 900. He’s a quick thing.”
Richards other two rides are Who Told Ya for Chris Heywood, who he rode when second at Gundagai last start, and Little Jatz for Scott McIntosh.
“Little Jatz hasn’t won one in a while but he doesn’t have much weight. And I’ve had a bit of luck with Scott,” he said.
“Who Told Ya has a bad draw but hopefully should go alright.”