Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kiwi Kid in Dream Debut; Hurdle Cleared as Defenceman Salutes in Style

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kiwi Kid in Dream Debut; Hurdle Cleared as Defenceman Salutes in Style

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NEW Zealand apprentice jockey Ryan Hurdle had his first Australian race ride last Friday and duly saluted with the Robert Heathcote-trained Defenceman.

After riding about 40 winners in New Zealand, Heathcote has brought youngster Hurdle to Brisbane for a short stint.

Last Friday's win gave him a dream start.

Defenceman was heavily backed from $13 to $6.50 and easily saluted despite running a few horses off the fence around the home turn when in front.

The rising apprentice explained that he rarely has ridden the clockwise way of going and with the long sweeping bend at Ipswich before straightening, he was unsure if he was clear of the horses on his inside.

It mattered not in the straight as Defenceman drew away from his rivals to win easily.

A look at the form guide prior to the race was all that was needed to see that the three-year-old by Reset was a big chance in the race.

At his previous start, Defenceman defeated Cobalt Blue over 1500 metres at Eagle Farm.

Cobalt Blue won the previous race five at Ipswich last Friday with a surging finish in the 1666 metre Class 1 Handicap. It was clear to see then why the money came for Defenceman, the conqueror of Cobalt Blue at their previous start.

The naming of Defenceman became clear when the owners' list was sighted.

Defenceman has part-owners including Craig Moore, Scott Chipperfield, and Lucas Neil Co defensive heroes of Socceroos World Cup campaigns.

The first two of these footballers are also part-owners of Buffering who had a big win at Ipswich earlier on in his career in the $150,000 CFMEU 2 year old Plate in 2010.

Buffering picked up more prizemoney on the weekend as he ran third to the top two rated sprinters in the world Co Black Caviar and Hay List.

The prizemoney collected by Buffering is now in excess of $1.1 million in his two-year-career.

The fortunate owners of Buffering are hoping this luck will continue now with Defenceman.

WHILE Defenceman has won $15,000 in stakes from his two wins in four starts, trainer Heathcote is hoping for a lot more to come.

Heathcote explained that the three-year-old by Reset is expected to go better over longer distances and was quite positive about his future prospects when discussing the win by phone with owner Craig Moore after the race. …

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