Three titles complete racing season for Gatton jockey
RACING: Gatton jockey Jimmy Orman has kick started his 2016-17 racing season with a bang, claiming a victory at his first race meet of the season.
Orman's successful start adds to the three premierships he won as part of the previous racing season.
But the 19-year-old apprentice is looking to go one step further, applying to exit his apprenticeship one year early having out ridden his claim.
For 2015-16, Orman broke the record for the quickest 100 wins of the season and was just 12 winners circle appearances shy of breaking the record for the most winners of the season.
With his name engraved as Queensland Metro Apprentice (70 wins), Provincial jockey (73 wins) and provincial apprentice (73 wins), to say he was "chuffed” is an understatement.
"I had a few goals set out, to win a few feature races of the carnival and I got that,” Orman said.
He also finished third in the metro jockey premierships, just four wins behind Jim Byrne.
" I was aiming for the seniors title as well,” Orman said.
"That's pretty good because that's the best racing in Queensland.
"They're the best jockeys in Queensland so I can't complain too much.”
During the season, Orman ticked off one goal, riding in seven group one races.
His highlight was running third in the Tattersals Tiara at Eagle Farm during the last group one of the Winter Racing Carnival.
"It's been a long road to get to riding in group one races,” Orman said.
"But if you know where you want to go in you riding career it makes it easier.”
With the new season under way, Orman has plenty scheduled for the remainder of the year.
He'll further his racing career with offers to ride in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as racing in Singapore as part of UBET's Rising Star award.
"It's good racing over there, it should be a good experience,” Orman said.
Until then, Orman said his main goal was to continue riding as a metro jockey, and finish in the top three on the metro premiership table.
Orman will be formally recognised for his achievements at the annual Thoroughbred Awards on August 20.