Former Coffs jockey to crack it ?big time
By GREG WHITE
THE famous advertising slogan, 'it won't happen overnight but it will happen,' applies to former Coffs Harbour apprentice jockey Brett Poulus.
A transfer of his indentures to Rosehill trainer Kim Waugh and the opportunities starting to appear have filled the already self confident rider with enthusiasm.
"A breakthrough is just around the corner," Poulus told the Coffs Coast Advocate.
"I'm riding six or seven in work every morning for the stable while Tim Martin and Gerald Ryan have asked me to ride a few for them."
Poulus made his debut for the stable at Kembla Grange four weeks back and finished second.
His two subsequent mounts have also finished runner-up including the promising Twirling Heights at Canterbury, last Wednesday.
"Two of the winners who beat me were from the Gai Waterhouse stable," Poulus groaned.
"Gee, I better do something to turn that around."
Boss Kim Waugh said Poulus had come to her on recommendation from AJC apprentices supervisor, Malcolm Fitzgerald.
"Mal said Brett was keen to come to the city and had ridden a stack of winners up north," she said.
"I was looking for a new apprentice with Jay Ford coming out of his time, so with Brett's 3kg claim an advantage, I gave him the job."
Waugh's husband, former Test cricketer Mark, said Poulus had impressed with his willingness for work.
"He's settled in well," he agreed.
"Very keen to work and he's a nice young bloke to go with it."
Poulus accepts the news he'll be hitting the road to far away places to build his career to the next level.
"My next book of rides is at Queanbeyan," he said.
"After that, to Newcastle, then back to Kembla Grange."
"Your face gets known and there's always the chance to get on the back of a good one."
One of those good ones is the Waugh stable star, Sydney Cup winner, Mahtoum.
The trainer said the top stayer is back in work with his ultimate target, the winter carnival in Brisbane.
"He'll go along steadily over the next few months, missing most of the autumn," Kim Waugh said. "We should have him right once the Brisbane Cup comes around."
Poulus doesn't expect to be riding Mahtoum in races yet but he's one of the top liners he's looking after on the track.
"One day I hope to be on horses as good as him," he said. "It's going to happen."