Emulating the likes of Blake Shinn and Nash Rawiller could be the ultimate goal for Victorian apprentice Thomas Stockdale when he starts work at Chris Waller’s stable on Tuesday morning.
Shinn and Rawiller moved from Victoria as young riders to have outstanding careers in Sydney. Stockdale moved from Melbourne a fortnight ago to start a three-month loan period with Waller.
Stockdale completed a mandatory two weeks’ quarantine in Sydney. He spent the time in an apartment training and watching race replays with only his Jack Russell terrier for company.
But the 14 days alone provided Stockdale a great chance to train ahead of his first day’s work at Waller’s Rosehill stable.
“The weights are lighter up here than they are in Victoria so I’ve lost 1½ kg while isolating so I’m pretty happy about that,” Stockdale said.
“I’ve got my little Jack Russell up here to keep me company so it’s been good.”
Master trainer Chris Waller will keep a keen eye on Victorian apprentice Thomas Stockdale. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The 20-year-old has only one tactic to cement himself in New South Wales – working hard.
Stockdale says riding as much as possible will help him improve in the saddle, which will in turn create opportunities on the tough Sydney scene.
“The only plan is to work as hard as I can and ride as many races I can to just maximise the opportunity I have been given,” Stockdale said.
“Chances like this don’t come around often so I’m just going to go hard, try my hardest and try to become a better rider.”
The rider’s first booking for Waller will be on the well-performed mare Betcha Flying in the first race of Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting.
Stockdale knows it is an important ride for him as he is keen to get off to the best possible start in Sydney.
“The form is there from her previous preparation so if she runs up that mark, she’s definitely in with a chance,” Stockdale said.
Originally published asStockdale ready for Waller challenge
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