He won the inaugural Koscisczko and now Adam Hyeronimus is eyeing off a Country Championships crown after taking out Sunday’s Western Racing Association at Dubbo Turf Club.
Sydney-based Hyeronimus made the trek west to ride Darren Hyde’s Westlink in the $150,000 heat and the talented jockey didn’t disappoint, piloting the four-year-old gelding to a convincing three-and-a-quarter length victory.
“He was the best horse in the race, along with A Martin Placepick, and from barrier one I was always going to be able to hold a more forward position and the way the race panned out it only worked in our favour,” the Cowra product said after the win.
“He was able to race closer and he traveled nice and strong and I just had to bide my time and wait for the gap to present. When it did he darted through and he was quite dominant.”
The win was proof of the gelding’s class and it was a performance which showed, as Hyde said, “the real Westlink”.
That kind of horse is one Hyeronimus thinks can make a whole lot of noise in the $500,000 final on April 6.
‘I’m really looking forward to riding him at Randwick,” he said.
“I think there will be more horses in and around his grade on a nice, big open track and that will only suit him.
“If he draws well and gets a nice run he’s going to be terribly hard to beat.”
Hyeronimus has never won the Country Championships Final before but did take out the inaugural $1.3 million Kosciuszko feature for horses from regional stables last year.
Being from Cowra originally, events like Sunday’s are ones he thrives on.
“It’s a great initiative and it’s even better when you’re winning so everything is working out well so far,” he said.