English apprentice country cups king

Jordan Nason getting the best out of Private Hero to beat the grey Laddie Of Oakview in the Putauaki Trust Cup at Te Teko today.

Jordan Nason getting the best out of Private Hero to beat the grey Laddie Of Oakview in the Putauaki Trust Cup at Te Teko today.

English apprentice Jordan Nason picked up his second country cup since returning to New Zealand late last year when winning aboard Private Hero at Te Teko today.

The 23-year-old is based with Cambridge trainer Tony Pike and fulfilled the faith of his boss when winning today’s main event, the Putauaki Trust Cup, aboard the stable representative.

It was Nason’s third win in New Zealand and second on his current stint. Earlier this month he picked up the Thames Cup on the free-going stablemate Maid Of Steel.

Nason’s other New Zealand win was during his first stint in this country during the 2013-14 season when successful on another Pike-trained runner Absolutely Sacred.

Nason had just 10 rides during his first taste of New Zealand racing, but plans to stick around longer this time and complete his apprenticeship this winter.

“I’m enjoying it over here and Tony is giving me opportunities,” said Nason, who has ridden 22 winners in England where he spent a year with Newmarket trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Nason rode Private Hero for the first time when third on him behind Zacada at Thames and was quietly confident he would be hard to beat today.

Raced by Gerry Harvey’s NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd, Private Hero had won two previous races from a total of 20 starts but the most recent of those wins was almost 11 months ago, at Hastings, and it was over 12 months before that when he cleared maiden ranks at Rotorua.

Nason gave the Ekraar six-year-old every opportunity today, settling him fourth on the inner and biding his time until the home straight to make his run along the fence.

“I thought the leader would roll off the fence and that’s what happened,” said Nason. “I got a good run through and he won well.

“He had shown so much ability but had found one or two too good for him. He deserved this win.”