Latest Cambridge import enjoys Ellerslie win

Former champion Sydney apprentice Josh Adams admits he was more confident than he should have been before being declared the winner of the second race at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Adams came with a strong run down the outside on the Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue-trained Bellbird to flash across the line locked in battle with the very game Cheeky Boy at the conclusion of the Hospice North Shore Maiden 1200.

The reaction from Adams as he passed the winning post was more confident than the connections of Bellbird and the mare’s supporters. The official margin was a mere nose.

“I was a little bit confident going past the line and when I came back and watched the replay it was closer than I thought,” said Adams.

Adams has been in New Zealand for a few weeks and has based himself at Cambridge in a bid to resurrect his career.

“I’ve had a couple of slow weeks with scratchings and wet tracks and the races were called off the other day (at New Plymouth last Thursday),” said Adams. “It’s good to kick off with a winner.”

Adams served his apprenticeship in Sydney with Gerald Ryan and was the champion Sydney apprentice for the 2010-11 season. He left Australia with 229 wins to his credit and is keen to make the most of his New Zealand opportunities.

“I was approached a few months ago to come over and do a bit of riding and see how it goes,” said Adams. “I’ve got my first winner and now I want to build on that.”

Bellbird was having her third start and had been placed on debut last season before finishing seventh at Pukekohe. She showed her readiness to resume with a trials win at Cambridge last month when ridden by another newcomer to the local scene, English apprentice Jordan Nason.