Cambridge Based Jumping Jockey Charlie Studd Upbeat

Jockey upbeat ahead of winter features
A wet forecast isn’t dampening Cambridge based Charlie Studd’s spirits ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Trentham.
The leading jumps jockey will partner likely favourites Superturf in the Lone Star Petone Café & Bar Wellington Hurdles and Mr Mor in the Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase before he heads to Australia.
He will continue his association with the Dan O’Leary-trained Carinya in Sunday’s Crisp Steeplechase at Warrnambool having ridden the Marton mare in all four of her wins over the big fences.
Studd has also enjoyed good times with Mr Mor and Superturf and he’s confident of further success with the pair.
“Mr Mor got a nice bonus at Hastings and he’s in great form,” Studd said. “His target all along has been Wellington while Superturf won very well on the flat at his local meeting last time out and he’s is in great heart as well.”
He rode Mr Mor for the first time when they finished second at Trentham three runs back before the horse was narrowly beaten in the Manawatu Steeplechase when partnered by Michael Mitchell.
Studd was then back aboard the gelding for a dominant win in the Hawkes Bay Steeplechase, a race not originally on the 10-year-old’s programme.
Trainers Evan and JJ Rayner made the wise decision to go to Hastings, enticed there by a lack of nominations for the prestige event.
“The horse has had a new lease of life this season,” Studd said. “He’s obviously very well in himself and we know he will handle the track at Wellington and I’ve got no worries about the trip with him.”
Stamina is also a trump card for Superturf, who won the Awapuni Hurdles and warmed up for Trentham with a Rating 85 success on his home track last weekend.
“He’s got all the ability with the staying power so he’s an ideal horse,” said Studd, who has ridden the Greg Lambert-trained gelding in all his hurdle assignments.
“He was a quality animal on the flat and he has transferred that to the jumps, he’s very genuine.” – NZ Racing Desk.