O’Donnell’s Rejuvenation


In-form jockey Shaun O’Donnell says he is an advocate for riders taking a break to recharge mentally and physically from the rigours of riding.

Since returning from an overseas holiday earlier this month, O’Donnell has struck a purple-patch of form to end the 2017-2018 racing season with a bang.

The experienced hoop, who spent several weeks in the United States, has ridden a winner at each of the past eight Perth metropolitan meetings.

Yesterday at Belmont he claimed his 31st winner for the season when he combined with Yindi in the New Dimension Air Con & Mechanical Services Handicap (1300m).

The Fred Kersley-trained son of Demerit proved too sharp over the concluding stages and defeated favourite Electric Light by a neck with Street Fury holding third.

O’Donnell believes taking a short spell away from racing has been the catalyst in his rejuvenated form.

“You do get tired like any job and its fanatic all the time,” O’Donnell said.

“You need a break and especially when you get a bit older.

“You just need to freshen up.

“I’ve also been able to get into good stables and better horses.

“But you still have to ride them good to get the job done.”

Yindi posted his second win from eight starts after breaking his maiden status at Belmont on July 11.

Kersley says the rising four-year-old, solidly backed from $6 to $3.50 second favouritism, was staring to mature.

“Too be honest with you he can be impressive on the track, but on race day he makes hard work of it,” Kersley said.

“But he hasn’t had much runs and is a chance to get better.”

Julio Santarelli