TAYLOR Marshall has made a flying start to what he hopes will be a successful end to his apprenticeship in Queensland this year.
The 24-year-old produced a tidy display to land Cornrow a Doomben winner on Saturday for the Peter and Will Hulbert stable on his first day since making the decision to head to Queensland.
Marshall has switched his indentures to Lawrie Mayfield-Smith at Eagle Farm after being on loan to Danny O'Brien in Melbourne for the past six months.
"It was a great experience, but Melbourne's very tough," he said. "I've got 10 months of my apprenticeship left to go and I plan to see it out here in Queensland. I grew up on the Sunshine Coast, so for me this is home turf. It's good to be back."
Marshall is the son of 1999 Melbourne Cup-winning and multiple Sydney premiership-winning jockey John, who closed out his riding career in the Sunshine State.
"He's a great supporter. Everything I've got a question for, he's been there, done that," Marshall Jr said.
Despite being the son of a champion jockey, it was not a career he envisaged having.
"I didn't show any interest. It wasn't until I finished school and was weighing up my options, I jumped on a pony and loved it from that day on," he said.
"I started quite late. Everyone would think that's what I would have always wanted to do given Dad was so successful, but I didn't jump on a horse until I was 19."
Marshall hit the headlines in May 2014 when he rode four winners at Rosehill in what was his first day of Saturday metropolitan riding, having started his apprenticeship with Ron Quinton.
He admits now that the exposure and pressure that came off the back of that day was something he was not equipped to deal with at the time.
"I had a very successful first year and got off to a flying start. It probably happened a bit too quick. I wasn't quite experienced enough to handle that at the time," he said.
"I feel I'm a lot more polished rider now."
Marshall is being managed by Mitch Speers and still has more than 20 winners up his sleeve before he loses his 2kg allowance.
Brad Stewart, Vaulting Ambition, Doomben, Race 8: Admittedly he did get the breaks in the straight, but it was the ride that won the race. Went straight back and to the fence, being in front of a few on settling, kept pinching ground coming to the turn and got the gaps on the rail when he needed them in the straight.
Umberto, Doomben, Race 3: Two runs back have been rippers and would expect to see him get to 1350m next time out and be hard to hold out.
Sea The Sparkle, Doomben, Race 9: Arrived here with encouraging southern form and turned in a big finishing effort after getting back off a wide gate.
Brave Smash, Caulfield, Race 8: Sure others had excuses as well, but like the options he has in front of him. Plenty of good races in the offing for him this autumn.
Get On The Grange, Doomben, Race 1: Sure, a couple had a crack at him in the middle stages, but he was still entitled to fight on better than this. Most disappointing.
Salmanazar, Doomben, Race 9: Obviously has plenty of problems. Bullied his way to a big win last time, but with more pressure in here, caved in quickly.
Siege Of Quebec, Warwick Farm, Race 6: Looks desperate for more ground, but the marketplace love for him is perhaps over rating his early deeds against lesser opposition.
$9 Hey Doc
$11 Ball Of Muscle, Catchy, Redkirk Warrior, Russian Revolution, Terravista
Flemington, March 10
$5.50 Tosen Stardom
$7.50 Gailo Chop
$13 Harlem, Johannes Vermeer
$15 Single Gaze, The Taj Mahal
Tuesday: Townsville, Hawkesbury, Tamworth, Ballarat
Wednesday: Ipswich, Warwick Farm, Sandown Lakeside, Stony Creek, Morphettville Parks, Ascot, Launceston
Thursday: Gatton, Ballina, Dubbo, Kilmore, Pakenham (night), Kingscote, Pinjarra
Friday: Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast (night), Canterbury (night), Quirindi, Moonee Valley (night), Werribee, Narrogin
Saturday: Doomben, Randwick, Flemington, Morphettville, Ascot, Gold Coast, Toowoomba (night), Newcastle, Bendigo, Alice Springs
Sunday: Sunshine Coast, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Ballarat, Moe, Port Lincoln, Bunbury, Hobart
"He's potentially a world class colt."
- James Cummings on Lonhro's striking son Kementari.
"I was impressed (with Saturday's win) but my expectations for a horse like him were very high."
THE TALKING POINT
Free to air racing 52 weeks a year. Will it happen or not? As Sydney pushes its quest to have a year-round service, Queensland joining hinges on negotiations around broadcast rights. The current contract with SKY/Tabcorp permits just five free-to-air days a year, as opposed to NSW's more generous allocation. And if it is given a green light, how will that affect the new broadcast deal due in 2020? Pubs and clubs won't see the same value in SKY if it loses its exclusivity and are likely to demand a better deal too. It seemingly has a way to go before being fully played out.
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