It is a tough school when you come to Sydney from New Zealand as a gun apprentice. The list includes Jim Cassidy, Shane Dye and more recently James McDonald and Jason Collett, so expectations are high.
When 19-year-old Sam Weatherley, a third generation jockey, arrived at Chris Waller’s stable in June, his reputation had trainers ready to give him rides.
Weatherley had a group 1 victory to his credit but still claimed two kilograms, an advantage many were keen to take.
It is one thing getting rides, but it is another to get results like Weatherley has for the first seven weeks he has been in Australia. He has ridden eight winners, including two Saturday Sydney doubles, and four of his wins have come on horses outside the Waller stable.
It was confirmation, if any was needed, that Waller had made the right decision. As with his horses, Waller left no stone unturned when it came to bringing the young star to Sydney for a three-month loan period.