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Frazer's tight rein has young
guns staying firmly on the rails
In demand . . . apprentice Josh Adams is getting plenty of opportunities
in town. Photo: Lee Besford
Why is it so many
young jockeys go
before either dis-
appearing from racing altogether
or somehow getting their careers
back on track?'' stressed former
champion Roy Higgins. ''Well, I
think the reason is obvious --
money. Too much of it.''
The system is overheated but
during these problematic times
Garry Frazer, from his Hawkes-
bury stable, has become a group 1
trainer of apprentice jockeys.
Consider Tye Angland and Josh
Adams. Angland is holding his own
in Hong Kong, which demands
perhaps the highest standard of
rider in the world, while Adams,
one of Sydney's form riders, is
benefiting from the Frazer cur-
riculum. Adams, only 18, has
already purchased a home unit,
even before his first car. Adams still
has a two-kilo claim in town so the
financial floodgates are likely to
open up even more in future.
''Kids these days can earn
between $500 and $1000 a day in
losing rides,'' Higgins wrote in The
Winning Post. ''They can be out of
their apprenticeship at 18 and
have access to massive amounts
of cash. Most parents with adult
children will remember a time
their kids went a bit 'off the rails'
late in their teenage years. That
may have involved drinking to
excess or doing silly things.
''Imagine the temptation for a
kid with sudden access to huge
amounts of money. And remem-
ber we are in a time of another
great evil in easily accessible and
dangerous drugs which, incid-
entally, could be seen as an ideal
alternative [to beer] for a jockey
fighting to keep the weight off.
''I don't know what the solution
is. . .inmydaytheydidn'tcome
out of their time until they were
21 so the big payout was delayed.
If you out-rode your claim by that
age you had done a great job
because there were only two
meetings a week. Nowadays with
24/7 racing it's much easier to get
out of your apprenticeship and
into that lovely cash.
''Money is a wonderful thing
but also can be very dangerous in
young hands. Look how many
footballers had their lives shat-
tered because of it.''
In more recent times foot-
ballers have hit the high-times
spot light but apprentice jockeys,
due to their trade involving tens
of thousands of dollars, have
always been the prey of predators
offering birds, booze and sizeable
financial inducements for
favours in the saddle.
Letting youngsters off the
leash, financially and physically,
in the environment has draw-
backs and Frazer agrees with Hig-
gins. He keeps them on a tight
rein. The development program
takes time and effort from both
master and apprentice.
Angland and Adams joined
Frazer freshly out of school with
plenty to learn. Yes, they had pre-
vious experience with horses but
came from different backgrounds.
''Tye was rodeo, played polo
cross as a junior, represented
NSW,'' Frazer said. ''Josh had rid-
den show horses, a bit like [Dar-
Angland went to Frazer on the
recommendation of the trainer's
brother, Glen. ''He mentioned to
Tye he should be a jockey, he was
around 40kg at the time, and told
me, 'This kid down here has
''But Tye never thought of being
a jockey. He'd been here about a
month when someone said, 'One
day you might get a ride from Gai
Waterhouse' and he replied, 'Who
is she? --- never heard of her'.''
Thus Frazer began the process
of ''getting the cowboy out, and
the jockey into him. It's a lot of
work and a lot of time. We've got
one of the [rocking] horses and
they have got to get on it every day.
They don't like it much, but if they
want to be successful they have to
do it. Perseverance. The shit stuff.
Hard work, muck out the boxes.
They have to cop that.
''Most of the apprentices today
don't do enough. I'm a bit like old
Theo [Green]. He made his boys
do their boxes, dress the horses.
''Being prepared to put in the
hard yards gives them some
chance to make the most of abil-
ity. Some people can teach kids,
some can't. Some of the champi-
on jockeys can't.
''I've got a lot of confidence
with it because I've been riding
horses since I was 10, breaking in
horses when I was 12 , then riding
them to school at Grenfell. Tough
but I understand what it takes.''
Adams had trackwork experi-
ence with TAFE but, according to
Frazer, ''looked like he was riding
a show horse''.
Frazer worked on the positive:
''good hands'', which transmits a
message to the mount.
''That's why Hugh Bowman is
what he is . . . he's so laid back,''
the trainer emphasised.
''Some kids though have got
what I call an electric arse, they
get on and can't keep still. The
horses get fired up.''
After every meeting Frazer ana-
lyses Adams's engagements with
him. ''Moruya or Randwick, it's the
same,'' the trainer pointed out.
''You did this thing wrong, you've
got to get it right,' I point out, and
he cops it on the chin.''
Top stables are ringing at least a
week in advance to book Adams
so he must be doing plenty right.
Angland has applied to stay in
Hong Kong. ''In his first month he
rode six winners and is getting a
full book at just about every
meeting,'' Frazer enthused.
Angland and Adams get the
headlines for the right reasons.
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Itching to return . . .
veteran jockey Jim
Cassidy at his Arcadia
property this week.
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Max Presnell ........................................ Page 2
Race focus ........................................... Page 3
Harness racing .................................. Page 34
Bloodlines ....................................Pages 34-35
Greyhounds ........................................ Page 35
NSW Provincial (Newcastle) ......... Page 4
Sydney (Randwick) ......................Page 5
Melbourne (Caulfield) .................Page 9
Adelaide (Morphettville) ........... Page 22
Perth (Ascot) ............................... Page 26
Queensland (Eagle Farm) ............ Page 28
NSW Country (Mudgee) .............. Page 33
Day/Night meetings .........Pages 15-21
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