True Enough completes McDonald treble

James McDonald making it three wins from four rides on the day with the win on True Enough in the Thames Cup. Rondinella and Valante completed a Cambridge trifecta.

Cambridge galloper True Enough completed a successful home raid for leading Sydney jockey James McDonald at Te Aroha today.

McDonald made the trip particularly to ride the Sir Peter Vela horses for his private trainers, Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie, and as well as three horses from their team he also took one outside mount, that being the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained True Enough in the day’s main event, the Coastwood Homes Lockwood Thames Cup (1600m)

“Steven said he would have quite a few runners today and he said they were pretty good chances,” McDonald said.

McDonald rode Dundeel to six Group One victories for Baker and said it was great to get another win for the Cambridge trainer.

“He threw me a bone today, that was nice of him,” McDonald said. “It’s good to repay the favour with a winner.

“He’s (True Enough) a strong competitor. He was out in front and bowled along pretty well.

“I had to push him the whole way, but he’s a nice horse, has a high cruising speed and that won’t be his last (win).”

The Te Aroha track, being used for the first time for the annual Thames Jockey Club’s meeting, holds some great memories for McDonald.

“I haven’t ridden in New Zealand for probably three years, so it’s good to be back here,” McDonald said.

“It’s not a high-profile meeting, but it’s good to put the colours back on and get amongst the boys. I haven’t seen them for a fair while, so it’s really good.

“I can’t remember the last time I rode at Te Aroha. I remember it was my first Group One here so it’s got good memories for me.”

That win came on the Peter McKay-trained Special Mission in the 2008 Gr.1 New Zealand Bloodstock Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

McDonald also rode the first Group One winner for trainer Steven Ramsay (Guiseppina in the 2012 Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham).

“I haven’t been in the country for about a year since my disqualification and it’s always great to come and see him (Ramsay) and put these (Pencarrow Stud) colours on,” McDonald said after starting the day with a double on Vela runners Naval Fleet and Maison Roxanne. .

“It’s well documented that Sir Peter Vela has been a great supporter of mine. It’s always good to come back and ride for him.”

McDonald said he is looking forward to returning to New Zealand later this month to partner Maison Roxanne on Karaka Million night.

“She is a beautiful filly,” he said. “She’s got a lot to learn still, but she has got a bit of presence and substance there, which will take her a long way.

“I think she has got a lot of ability and hopefully she can measure up on Karaka Million night.”

McDonald is also looking forward to riding the Sir Peter Vela part-owned Long Leaf in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) that night.

“I think I have got a good ride for Sir Peter Vela in the Karaka Million mile in Longleaf, trained by David Hayes, so I’m looking forward to him coming over,” he said.

McDonald said he has enjoyed his quick visit to New Zealand, a place he said was instrumental in his development as a rider.

“It was good to see my family yesterday,” he said. “I went to see my Nana who I haven’t seen for a while. It’s an in and out trip, but it’s good to be home.

“It’s a great country to learn your craft. It was good for me.

“A lot of these trainers give you a good opportunity to succeed. If you take that with both hands you’ll come a long way.”