Memorable day for Kuru

Aaron Kuru will always remember National Jumps Day at Te Rapa last Sunday.

The 21-year-old began the day on a high note with his first jumps ride being a winning one aboard The Nemesis in the Porritt Sand Maiden Hurdles. And the manner in which both horse and rider handled the task suggests a bright future.

Kuru gave The Nemesis a good run behind the pace and after working him into the clear entering the home straight he rode him out well to get the better of Pauhatu and win by a head.

“The boy (Kuru) is inexperienced, but it was a good effort by him,” said trainer Craig Thornton. “He’s worked for me all winter and he deserved it.”

Kuru had previously worked for Hastings trainer John Bary and had been track rider for the stable champion Jimmy Choux. And it was during his time with Bary that he gained a win as an amateur rider, on D’Goldie.

Kuru, a former Black Sox softball member, has held an amateur riders’ licence for two years and has also picked up several placings from a total of nine rides. But now he is looking to his future as a jumps jockey and will eventually take out a professional licence.

The Nemesis, a six-year-old son of Yamanin Vital, is raced by former jockey Harmony Moki and Thornton and last Sunday’s win was his first in eight starts, though he had registered three flat placings in the lead-up.