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Offline nemisis

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« 2018-Apr-03, 10:12 PM Reply #100 »
James McDonald has been booked for 15 trials on Friday for 5 training establishments.

They are Godolphin, Snowdens, O'Shea, Waterhouse and Waller.

You can see him coming back a winner in May and wouldn't surprise if it was his first has a habit of doing it.

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« 2018-May-10, 05:20 PM Reply #101 »
I heard he has a full book for Warwick Farm and expects to ride at 55 hopes to get down to 54 and has had offers to ride in Brisbane during the Winter Carnival.

Hope he goes well. :thumbsup:

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2018-May-11, 02:34 AM Reply #102 »
He has done his time and is still young enough to come back from this.

Hope he learns from his mistakes and becomes a great rider.

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« 2018-May-11, 11:43 AM Reply #103 »

Hope he learns from his mistakes

Another of these stupid jockey-betting infractions.

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« 2018-May-11, 07:20 PM Reply #104 »
Maturity the big change in comeback kid James McDonald
Maturity the big change in comeback kid James McDonald Yes, I'm back! James McDonald is counting the days until he returns. Photo: Darryl Sherer
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Clinton Payne

11 May 2018
A more stable lifestyle combined with an appreciation for his career are the big changes in James McDonald who returns from his betting disqualification at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The champion young rider had his blossoming career halted in December 2016 when stewards handed him an 18-month disqualification after he pleaded guilty to having a $1000 interest in a bet on star Godolphin colt Astern which saw him profit $4000.

The indiscretion cost McDonald his contract as Godolphin’s number one Australian-based jockey and substantial earnings, but the time away from his career has taught him plenty.

“The time away has really made me appreciate what I do and how lucky I am,” McDonald said

“It’s a privilege to be in this industry, just like any sportsperson.

“I’ve always ridden because I’ve loved it and to be able to ride at the level I have in the past is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“There are so many jockeys that for whatever reason haven’t had the opportunities I’ve had, and that’s something I now fully appreciate but I probably didn’t respect as much as I should have a couple of years ago.”

McDonald expressed “excitement” with only a few days until he once again walks into the jockeys’ room with his saddles and his first day back at the office, will see him ride for Australia’s premier trainer Chris Waller, Peter and Paul Snowden, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott as well as his long-time supporter, John O’Shea.

“I’m full up on Wednesday and I’m full Saturday,” he said. “There’s enough rides there that hopefully one can salute.”

Two years ago, the cocky young Kiwi would have expected that support, but there’s a change in the new model James McDonald, who’s maturity now has him looking at the situation in a different light.

“I’m looking at it as a bit of a honeymoon period, a lot of the big jockeys aren’t in Sydney at the moment,” he said.

“Hughie’s in Japan and most of the other top senior riders are riding in Brisbane or Adelaide.

“To have so many opportunities in my first couple of meetings back is great, don’t get me wrong but I’m not getting ahead of myself.

“During my time off the one worry that kept going through my head was how I’d be received by trainers when I came back.

“I wasn’t worried about getting through the 18 months, it was what happened on the other side of the 18 months.

“The time off was the easy part. Now’s the hard part, getting back to where I was when I left off.

“I’m not counting the days now, I’m counting the hours. I’m excited knowing it’s only a few days away.”

McDonald’s been back riding trackwork and trials for the past month and the prodigious talent says it’s “full steam ahead” with a view to “keep enjoying it”.

“At the moment I’m really enjoying all the trackwork I’ve been doing,” he said.

“Obviously when I get back riding that will change a little bit but it’s a focus for me to keep enjoying it.

“I’ve worked as hard as I could to get the body in the best shape it can be when I come back.

“I remember back to the first set of trials I did and I think there were 13 or 14 trials on my first morning and the body coped with it really good.

“I’m in the best shape I can be in, but obviously race riding is different again. There’s nothing like match practice.

"I'm definitely hungrier for success and probably know how to handle it a lot better.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to that spot and I'll definitely treat it with a bit more respect and a different approach to everything.

“I just can’t wait till Wednesday now. It’s going to feel like Christmas day did when I was a kid."

Good Luck to him  many winners :thumbsup:

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2018-May-15, 01:56 PM Reply #105 »
6 Early rides tomorrow at Warwick Farm

R1 #1 ($1.85) Waller
R2 #8 ($2.70) Waller
R3 #6 ($6) Sargent
R4 #3 ($9.50) Waller
R5 #6 ($11) Waller
R7 #9 ($7) O'Shea

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« 2018-Jun-02, 12:51 AM Reply #106 »
Royal Ascot call for James McDonald

The demand for James McDonald has been significant since he made his return to the saddle a fortnight ago and those wanting to secure his services aren't confined to Australia.

News emerged from England on Wednesday that McDonald has been booked to partner Equilateral in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot for trainer Charlie Hills and McDonald himself was even surprised.