Apprentice repays boss with first NZ win

Hairi Marzuki notching his first New Zealand win aboard the grey mare Thee Auld Floozie at Rotorua today.

Hairi Marzuki notching his first New Zealand win aboard the grey mare Thee Auld Floozie at Rotorua today.

Hairi Marzuki repaid the faith showed in him by his employer Stephen Marsh when guiding the stable runner Thee Auld Floozie to victory at Rotorua today.

Success in the Lowe Schollum Jones Insurance Brokers 1400 represented the promising apprentice’s first New Zealand victory.

“He’s a really good rider and he sits on the horses very well,” said Marsh. “She’s not the easiest horse to ride and she can miss the start, but he’s got her out and done a great job.”

Marzuki, who has ridden one winner in his native Singapore, was happy to sit three-wide near the pace before he let Thee Auld Floozie improve and have her nose in front 700 metres from home.

Thee Auld Floozie was hotly challenged in the straight by Seventh Up, but refused to be denied and prevailed by a head from the Shelley Hale-trained runner.

“It’s the second time I’ve ridden her and she did well last time,” said Marzuki (29). “All thanks to my boss for the opportunities.”

Marzuki was also thankful for the guidance of Marsh’s partner and leading rider, Danielle Johnson, and the former top jockey and apprentice mentor Noel Harris.

“Danielle has given me a lot of tips and Noel has been helping me out a lot as well,” he said.

After being sixth when resuming last month at New Plymouth, Thee Auld Floozie confirmed she is on target for a trip south.

“I was really happy with her first-up, she needed the run, and we’ve always had her aimed at the Coupland’s Mile so she’ll have one more run and then fly down for that,” said Marsh.

Thee Auld Floozie is currently an $18 chance for the Group Two feature at Riccarton on November 9.
– NZ Racing Desk.