Christian Reith may not be challenging for the top spot in the Sydney jockey’s premiership but his performances throughout the 2010 / 2011 season have attracted him a healthy following.
Reith made the switch to Sydney from Brisbane at the start of last year and in the time has managed to climb to ninth in the overall standings.
He could score himself another couple of points this weekend as well with a few chances at Rosehill Gardens.
Reith will ride Madibagold in the Listed Winter Stakes, the final black type event on this seasons calendar.
Reith, now 32, has had a short one week holiday but returns for the event and is confident Madibagold can go one better than his second to Little Surfer Girl last start in the Listed Civic Stakes.
“He ran well the other day,” Reith said.
“He’s on the limit (53kg) again on Saturday. He can beat them.”
Reith’s tally currently stands at 39 metro winners with six of them coming from Listed grade.
On tomorrow’s program he has seven opportunities and he would love to take his tally into the forties.
One of the rides he is particularly excited about is Agent Bauer, he looked the winner last start for Tommy Berry but faded late, Reith confident he can extract that extra bit of effort.
“I won two races on him last preparation and then rode him in the Australia Day Cup and he ran off the track and had had enough,” he said.
“He seems to be improving that bit with each run this preparation, he’s had three runs back now and should be raring to go on Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on him.”
Joe Pride is looking to Reith for plenty of help and has locked him in for two of his runners on Saturday.
Hot Fox will run in the NAB Corporate Handicap and Recorrido in the Banjo Advertising Handicap.
John O’Shea also continues his growing relationship with Reith, he two booking him for two mounts, Fille Vilaine and Romanus.
“Fille Vilaine was scratched from Wednesday to run on Saturday,” he said.
“I rode her in work on Tuesday morning and she worked nicely. It’s a tough race but her work indicates she can be competitive.”
While Reith has proven himself among the best of Sydney’s metro riders that’s not to say he’s turned his back on his roots altogether.
In fact on Tuesday after track work he headed to Scone to contest a country meeting.
“Just because I’m riding a lot more in the city doesn’t mean I’m going to stop going to places like Scone and Muswellbrook during the week,” he said.
“I still enjoy going to those places and riding for the trainers that have supported me.
“Paul Messara and Paul Perry have been very loyal to me, they were there for me at the beginning and have been a very strong backbone since I’ve been back in Sydney.
“It’s the right thing to do to still be going to those meetings for them.”