More to come: Adam Hyeronimus and Caped Crusader (far left) score at Randwick recently. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名出售备案老域名Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
Sometimes a break from work can give you clarity. For jockey Adam Hyeronimus it literally was a broken collarbone and two months on the sidelines that did the job.
“It was probably a good thing for me. I was able to let my hair down and have a break and sum up a few things,” Hyeronimus said. “While I was off, I put things in perspective and there is more to life than racing.
“I have always put a lot of pressure on myself, setting goals and getting disappointed when I didn’t reach them. I’m just taking every day as it comes now and since I came back, the support and success is overwhelming.”
Hyeronimus, 25, has made the most of his rides since returning a winner on the Beaumont track at Newcastle on November 7. In fact, at the first eight meetings he contested after the break, he rode at least one winner.
However Hyeronimus has only been a bit player, with rides here and there before arriving at Rosehill on Saturday. He has a book of seven rides as trainers take advantage of an in-form hoop.
His mounts include Lucky Fish, Selita and Caped Crusader, all of which have been part of his resurgence in the past two months where he has ridden 10 winners.
Caped Crusader and Selita are both looking for hat-tricks at Rosehill and have had the benefit of Hyeronimus’ guidance at their past two wins.
It is building those associations with horses that gives a jockey more opportunities and the hard work is starting to pay off for Hyeronimus.
He has been on board Caped Crusader for all four of his wins, including one at 1800 metres in March. There is still a doubt in Hyeronimus’ mind about stepping out to 1900m after a pair of wins at the mile.
“I have won four from five on it; [a] good association to have with a nice horse,” Hyeronimus said. “Like a lot of Gai’s [Waterhouse] he is pretty push-the-button and gets the job done.
“He races the same horse he beat in his last two starts on Saturday and although he only won by a short margin last time and goes up two kilograms, I don’t think that will worry him.
“If he handles the 1900m I don’t think they can beat him. That’s the thing – it’s down to whether he runs the 1900m.”
Hyeronimus has also been in the saddle for Selita’s two wins – a maiden at Kembla before she stepped to a Canterbury midweek.
“I thought last start she would just win and she did. I said to Bjorn [Baker] after that win that the better company she meets the better she is going to go,” Hyeronimus said.
“I think she is up to this standard and will be hard to beat again.”
Hyeronimus reunited with Lucky Fish after steering him to his maiden success at Hawkesbury in November, before he stepped up and was a creditable fourth in the rich Inglis Sprint last time out.
“They are putting the blinkers on him, which is going to help and the way he won his maiden suggests there are more wins in store for him,” Hyeronimus said.
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