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Homesickness may not be too much of a problem for apprentice Jason Collett after he made Randwick his own on Saturday with a winning treble.
The 20-year-old New Zealand rider is one third of the way through a three-month loan to leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller and admitted he had found it a big adjustment at first.
“I was a bit homesick at first away from my family and friends,” Collett said.
“It took me a while to find my feet and it was a bit intimidating.
“But I’m settling in now.”
Two of Collett’s winners, Foreteller and The Verminator, were for Waller who has a big opinion of his new protege.
“He is a great kid and has a huge career ahead of him,” Waller said.
“He rides really well and is also a thinker in a race.
“His ride on The Verminator was great.”
Foreteller is one of a legion of horses Waller has bought in Europe and added his name to the long list of winners.
Waller believes he has the potential to be a genuine spring carnival horse and will aim high later this year.
The first of Collett’s winners came on Yulalona for the Darley team prepared by Peter Snowden, Waller’s main rival for the trainers’ premiership.
Snowden was in Brisbane overseeing Beaded’s successful raid on the Group One Doomben 10,000.
Sydney foreman Brad Widdup was another to praise Collett’s ability.
“It was a great ride. I haven’t had much to do with Jason and didn’t know him very well but he was very patient which is what we wanted,” he said.
Fellow apprentice Chad Schofield added his name to the Saturday winners’ list for the first time on Kimberley Kid for his master David Payne.
Although the youngsters rode half the program there were still spoils for a couple of veterans in Rod Quinn and the evergreen Robert Thompson.
Quinn steered the Guy Walter-trained Brightest to victory while Thompson, who holds the record for the most wins in Australia, guided Jest Crewsin’ to win the 1100m open handicap.
Showing all his skills, Thompson brought the Jan Bowen-trained Jest Crewsin’ from back in the field to claim a short head win over Unanimously.
“He was really suited by the speed and hit the line good,” Thompson said.
“It took me a couple of strides longer to get the whip through to my right hand than it used to but I got there.”
<a href="http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=19515tag:news.google.com,2005:cluster=http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=19515Sat, 28 May 2011 07:53:39 GMT 00:00″>NZ apprentice rides Randwick treble