A lack of senior jockeys at Wingatui on Saturday has given apprentice Amless Bohorun an unexpected black type opportunity.
The native of Mauritius has been handed the responsibility aboard the in-form stable runner He Ain’t Heavy in the Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m).
“I couldn’t get anybody else to ride him so I’ve had to put on my inexperienced apprentice,” trainer Stephen Blair-Edie said.
Bohorun, 27, has been with the stable for 16 months and has ridden three winners from 47 rides.
“He rides the horse every day so at least he knows him well,” Blair-Edie said.
“If he can get him midfield and give him an economical trip then he’d come home pretty well I’d imagine.”
The seven-year-old He Ain’t Heavy strung together four consecutive wins over ground before he finished fourth at Gore last time out under 60.5kg and drops to the minimum of 53kg at Wingatui.
“He’s from a family that takes a bit of time and his half-brother He’s Mi Brother has just won two on the trot, he’s a big and powerful horse,” Blair-Edie said.
A year younger, He’s Mi Brother was recently successful in a pair of lower grade sprint events at Kurow and Gore and he will also be ridden by Bohorun in the Ray Webster Plumbing Handicap (1400m).
Blair-Edie said he would wait to assess the performance of He Ain’t Heavy, who he races with his sons Dean, Tim and Jack and Amberley breeder Warren Hislop, on Saturday before settling on his next move with the Kingmaker gelding.