Orman and Heathcote combine at Eagle Farm

Apprentice James Orman can cement his association with leading trainer Robert Heathcote at Eagle Farm as he prepares for a busy finish to the year.

Orman has four rides for Heathcote on Saturday – Sea Red (Veuve Open), Silento (Class 6 Plate). Big Decision (Class 6 Hcp) and Beckoning Light (Class 3 Plate).

Heathcote has a big opinion of Orman and gives each of the apprentice’s mounts for him a good chance.

“Jim is level headed rider with plenty of natural talent,” Heathcote said.

He believes the toughest task for Orman will be to get the best out of the enigmatic mare Sea Red.

“She has won six races but had five goes at Eagle Farm, on both the old and new surfaces, and never run a place,” Heathcote said.

“Jim’s style should help her and maybe he can get her to perform at Eagle Farm. The distance is ideal at 1400 metres.”

Heathcote will have a strong hand in the Veuve as he will also saddle Dream Choice and Punta Norte.


“Dream Choice has found his niche in Brisbane and does handle the new Eagle Farm. Punta Norte has plenty of ability. He just has to produce it,” he said.

Orman had his first rides at Randwick last week and finished sixth in the Sheraco Stakes on his favourite horse Sold For Song, less than two lengths from the winner Heavens Above.

He expects to be aboard the strong finishing mare in Melbourne later in the spring.

Orman is also preparing for a stint in Singapore later this year as part of a prize organised by the Queensland racing media, jockeys and UBET as the state’s rising star.

“I am really looking forward to both experiences as it give you a chance to compete against the best,” Orman said.

Orman is the busiest jockey in Queensland and last season had 1142 rides for 143 winners to win the state titile.

This season he has already had 110 rides for 11 winners.

“When you are as tall as me it helps to keep busy and keep the weight down,” Orman said.

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