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Success aboard grand winter campaigner Justaskme in Saturday's Listed AGC Training Stakes at Wanganui could provide leading jockey Jonathan Riddell with one of the final highpoints of his illustrious career.

Leading into Saturday's weight-for-age feature, for which Justaskme is a $3.20 favourite, Riddell has revealed he is considering his future in the saddle, conceding his time left as a jockey is coming to an end.

For a jockey who has excelled at the elite level of the sport, most notably winning 14 Group 1 races, including the New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas on Jimmy Choux and finishing second on that horse in the 2011 Cox Plate, Riddell's career has been accentuated by his tenacity through ongoing struggles with weight.

"I'm going on holiday in three weeks to the UK to see my mum. It will be a good chance to freshen up and I'll think about it – whether I put myself through another year or whether I just pull stumps and be proud of what I've achieved," Riddell said.

"One of things I'm most proud of is that the trainers I'm riding for now are the trainers I've ridden for since I started and that there's been an enduring loyalty from both sides. Hopefully I've paid them back for the support they've given me and they've put me back for the support I've given them."

A former accomplished jumps jockey, Riddell sits on 955 wins in New Zealand, the carrot of joining the exclusive 1000-win club perhaps enough to convince the 45-year-old hoop to keep riding for another 12 months.

"It's a bit of a niggle more than anything. It was never an ambition of mine but since I got to 900, a few good mates have been riding me to get there. It's started to annoy me a bit too," Riddell said.

"Since I've got to less than 50 to go, I just don't know. I'm not saying I'll do it anyway. I'm just hanging in there at the moment. But I'm still earning a living out of it and enjoying it.

"I've only had one black-type success this season which is grinding me a bit. I've always prided myself on getting good results in the big races.

"Numbers-wise I'm down on previous seasons, but I haven't travelled as much as I've done in the past and I'm enjoying that – not putting my body under so much pressure day in, day out and not doing so many miles on the road."

Justaskme gives Riddell a terrific chance of adding to his black-type tally, the Allan Sharrock-trained eight-year-old set to relish his return to weight-for-age company, having won the AGC Training Stakes last year and finished second 12 months earlier.

"He was really good at Trentham last start. It wasn't till I got him right out wide in the better going that he finished off really strongly. His last bit was really good," Riddell said.

"He wasn't as lazy as he's been before. He's never really gone that well for me in the past so for him to feel that good going into this race is pretty encouraging.

"He's been so consistent through his career but he's felt it at the top end of the handicaps as a result and that hasn't helped him. But weight-for-age brings him right back into it.

"Allan is pretty bullish from his run the other day, especially going to weight-for-age. I expect he'll improve naturally from the other day, as Allan's do when he sets them for a race – and this is the race he's been setting him for. You know the job is going to be done right."

Riddell's other key ride on the day is Wewillrock, a last-start Trentham runner-up who returns to the scene of his win two starts back for the TAB Odds Surge Every Race at Whanganui 1200.

"It wasn't a bad run at Trentham. The big weight factor didn't help and the winner got away with an easy run up front," Riddell said.

"He's a beautiful horse and just one of those horses that really grabs you. He's not a world-beater but he'll give you everything he has every time. And he's beautiful to ride.

"Back to Wanganui, he won well there the other day. It's often a horses for courses track, Wanganui."

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1 hour ago, Charlie Bukowski said:

Aren't you supposed to credit the author of this article ??

Or did you interview JKB

It's called plagiarism.

Miss Jools, being an authority on all things pertaining to language, English or otherwise, should know better.

Liz 

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2 hours ago, nomates said:

It's her own story taken from NZTR site , no plagiarism involved .

I couldn’t find it on there. Please send me the “link” and I will apologise if it is her “own writing”

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16 minutes ago, Pete Lane said:

Maybe Miss Jools is Aiden Rodley 😕 

Outstanding. You have most probably solved the mystery.
It all adds up. 
Many thought that she was part of  NZTR or the TAB, but in reality (or most probably) she is the one and only (no make that two versions of) Aidan Rodley 

😂

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10 hours ago, Idolmite said:

You're not the first person to suggest that Pete. 

The big question is , is Miss Jools really Aiden Rodley ? or , is Aiden Rodley really Miss Jools ? 

Who really goes home at night ?

Tough call .

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2 minutes ago, MissJools said:

Next time I see a story that might be of interest to you,, I won't bother posting it.  You ungrateful arseholes!!  Someone could've said thank you, but no one has done so.  All you've done is have a go at me.

The normal procedure when posting someone else's article is to attribute it or post a link.

Otherwise people will  think that you penned the article yourself - which you didn't.

That's all.

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10 minutes ago, MissJools said:

Next time I see a story that might be of interest to you,, I won't bother posting it.  You ungrateful arseholes!!  Someone could've said thank you, but no one has done so.  All you've done is have a go at me.

you appear to have read the room quite well , I was expecting stronger language .

Your a legend , you make people smile , not an easy thing to do .

Well done .

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10 minutes ago, nomates said:

you appear to have read the room quite well , I was expecting stronger language .

Your a legend , you make people smile , not an easy thing to do .

Well done .

Thanks nomates, not everyone appreciates what I post on here.  I don't think I'll bother posting stories on here that I think members on here might like.  There are too many ungrateful arseholes on here.

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6 minutes ago, MissJools said:

Thanks nomates, not everyone appreciates what I post on here.  I don't think I'll bother posting stories on here that I think members on here might like.  There are too many ungrateful arseholes on here.

Nothing wrong with posting stories, I'm sure people appreciate it despite what you think.

All you need to do is attribute it to the person who wrote it, that's pretty much standard practice on the web.

No need to throw your toys out of the cot 

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Just now, MissJools said:

I just want to delete this post.

 

I don't think you can. You could edit it and replace the content with a full stop or something.

But it may be past the time when you can edit it.

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5 hours ago, MissJools said:

Next time I see a story that might be of interest to you,, I won't bother posting it.  You ungrateful arseholes!!  Someone could've said thank you, but no one has done so.  All you've done is have a go at me.

The non-accreditation of an article's source has been pointed out to you before Miss Jools, so whilst you may act like a teacher you certainly don't learn like a student. 

Thank you for the story. 

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5 hours ago, MissJools said:

I just want to delete this post.

 

You cannot continually demand etiquette of other posters [spelling, punctuation, grammar] yet fail to show it yourself. 

Your standards are also slipping. You failed to correct nomates when he stated "Your a legend".

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Riddell considers his future

Aidan Rodley
Aidan Rodley@AidanRodley
 
31 May, 2024
Jockey Jonathan Riddell.
Jockey Jonathan Riddell.

Success aboard grand winter campaigner Justaskme in Saturday's Listed AGC Training Stakes at Wanganui could provide leading jockey Jonathan Riddell with one of the final highpoints of his illustrious career.

Leading into Saturday's weight-for-age feature, for which Justaskme is a $3.20 favourite, Riddell has revealed he is considering his future in the saddle, conceding his time left as a jockey is coming to an end.

For a jockey who has excelled at the elite level of the sport, most notably winning 14 Group 1 races, including the New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas on Jimmy Choux and finishing second on that horse in the 2011 Cox Plate, Riddell's career has been accentuated by his tenacity through ongoing struggles with weight.

"I'm going on holiday in three weeks to the UK to see my mum. It will be a good chance to freshen up and I'll think about it – whether I put myself through another year or whether I just pull stumps and be proud of what I've achieved," Riddell said.

"One of things I'm most proud of is that the trainers I'm riding for now are the trainers I've ridden for since I started and that there's been an enduring loyalty from both sides. Hopefully I've paid them back for the support they've given me and they've put me back for the support I've given them."

A former accomplished jumps jockey, Riddell sits on 955 wins in New Zealand, the carrot of joining the exclusive 1000-win club perhaps enough to convince the 45-year-old hoop to keep riding for another 12 months.

"It's a bit of a niggle more than anything. It was never an ambition of mine but since I got to 900, a few good mates have been riding me to get there. It's started to annoy me a bit too," Riddell said.

"Since I've got to less than 50 to go, I just don't know. I'm not saying I'll do it anyway. I'm just hanging in there at the moment. But I'm still earning a living out of it and enjoying it. 

"I've only had one black-type success this season which is grinding me a bit. I've always prided myself on getting good results in the big races. 

"Numbers-wise I'm down on previous seasons, but I haven't travelled as much as I've done in the past and I'm enjoying that – not putting my body under so much pressure day in, day out and not doing so many miles on the road."

Justaskme gives Riddell a terrific chance of adding to his black-type tally, the Allan Sharrock-trained eight-year-old set to relish his return to weight-for-age company, having won the AGC Training Stakes last year and finished second 12 months earlier.

"He was really good at Trentham last start. It wasn't till I got him right out wide in the better going that he finished off really strongly. His last bit was really good," Riddell said.

"He wasn't as lazy as he's been before. He's never really gone that well for me in the past so for him to feel that good going into this race is pretty encouraging. 

"He's been so consistent through his career but he's felt it at the top end of the handicaps as a result and that hasn't helped him. But weight-for-age brings him right back into it. 

"Allan is pretty bullish from his run the other day, especially going to weight-for-age. I expect he'll improve naturally from the other day, as Allan's do when he sets them for a race – and this is the race he's been setting him for. You know the job is going to be done right."

Riddell's other key ride on the day is Wewillrock, a last-start Trentham runner-up who returns to the scene of his win two starts back for the TAB Odds Surge Every Race at Whanganui 1200.

"It wasn't a bad run at Trentham. The big weight factor didn't help and the winner got away with an easy run up front," Riddell said.

"He's a beautiful horse and just one of those horses that really grabs you. He's not a world-beater but he'll give you everything he has every time. And he's beautiful to ride.

"Back to Wanganui, he won well there the other day. It's often a horses for courses track, Wanganui."

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6 hours ago, MissJools said:

Thanks nomates, not everyone appreciates what I post on here.  I don't think I'll bother posting stories on here that I think members on here might like.  There are too many ungrateful arseholes on here.

You just need to think about what you say to and about others to see why people react so strongly to you...maybe take a step in others shoes before you pull them up on what you perceive  as mistakes...if you cant take it then dont give it out then you will be fine in here...JMO.

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