Christian Reith had one of the best strike rates in Brisbane last season and after moving down to Sydney half way through the year he showed the same level of talent against some of the best riders in the country.
He started the new season full of expectations and came out of the gates firing with his best ever start at a metropolitan level.
A suspension put a halt to his charge recently but now he’s back and ready to climb up to the top of the jockey’s premiership.
To help get him there is a fantastic book of rides for the Canterbury meeting.
Listed as the top pick for the jockeys challenge Reith is set to excel on a super heavy surface.
He has chances right from the outset starting with the well spruiked but unraced John O’Shea trained Don’t Blink.
“She is pretty professional at home and her trials have been won in a similar fashion. Hopefully the races are on because she will run a good race,” he said.
“Obviously it is going to be a bog track and they have to get through it but she seems to do everything right.”
From there it will be on to the Greg Bennet trained Charm’s Honour, a horse he’s ridden before however she was beaten as a big market mover last start.
“She has come back in good order and Greg has got her going absolutely great guns at the moment,” he said.
“I’d expect her to improve from that run, she didn’t get much luck last start. Once she was out she really found the line.”
Joe Pride’s Tiger Tees is the next assignment, it’s a horse he’s yet to lose on and has an overall record of five form six.
“It doesn’t matter how wet it is for him, he has come back enormous,” Reith said.
“I trialled him at Warwick Farm the other week and he gave me a fantastic feel. He is in for another great preparation.
“The horse is just oozing confidence and I think he is above average.”
He has another for Pride towards the end of the card in the form of Recorrido.
“I won on the horse at Canterbury and he went really well last preparation,” he said.
“He tends to get back off the speed and hit the line.”
Hugh Bowman looms as Reith’s most likely challenger at Canterbury with a list of rides including Lyric, Whitlam, Savannah’s Choice and Palasport.