Nash Rawiller is in sensational form of late but at first glance to the jockey’s premiership you wouldn’t know it.
Rawiller topped last season’s standings in Sydney but this time around things haven’t worked out quite the same way.
It’s not that he’s riding poorly, simply that he hasn’t had the number of rides he’s needed to have.
To put it in perspective the table is currently topped by Hugh Bowman who has 46 wins, 18 more than Rawiller.
Bowman however has collected those wins from 224 rides compared to Rawiller’s mere 131.
That gives Rawiller a strike rate of 21.3 percent with Bowman almost a percent less.
If the Gai Waterhouse stable rider was planning on a late season charge up the ladder that’s been put on hold as well thanks to a suspension from the Magic Millions.
Not only did he forgo rides in Sydney to tackle the Gold Coast for the day, he’ll also miss nine meets through a careless riding charge.
That’s not even taking into consideration the fact he flies to New Zealand this weekend to partner Atomic Force in the Telegraph Handicap, something he did previously in the Railway Stakes as well.
It’s a tough ask then for him to make up the difference on Bowman, especially as he’s broken clear with a 10 win lead on nearest rival Glyn Schofield.
Perhaps though it’s all of no consequence to Rawiller as he seeks success in fields further away from home.
That’s certainly the case this Saturday and few could blame him for following Atomic Force given he’s a dual Group 1 champion and favourite for a third.
He drew gate four in the race and with the withdrawal of Mufhasa he is undoubtedly the horse to beat.
“He should get a nice run there on Saturday now,” Rawiller said.
“Sometimes the speed is from the outside and you think you’re getting into a good spot and next minute you can be in an awkward spot.
“I don’t know if it’s a huge advantage but I’m certainly drawn to give him his chance to carry the weight (59kg) and win.”