REECE Jones debuted in style at Tamworth on Tuesday, with the young apprentice winning the final race of the day, the $20,000 Goodwin Kenny Class 2 Handicap (1000m), aboard the Rod Northam-trained Social.
The six-year-old daughter of Tycoon Ruler, Social, let down perfectly for her four kilo-claiming jockey, running away to a length and a quarter win from Mel Dennett’s Japhite.
Todd Payne’s Newcastle Dancer was a short head away third.
All the excitement was with the winners though.
Social had won her first two starts at the Gold Coast but after a sixth at the same track back in July was sent to Northam at Scone.
She was having her fourth start at Tamworth – and notched her third victory to make it a perfect start for her young rider.
“It was awesome,” Jones told Sky Thoroughbred Central when asked how it felt.
He said he was always confident he was going to catch the leader, Lookin’ Alive, and added his mare “travelled beautifully”.
Northam may have been more nervous than his apprentice.
“That was super,” he said.
“That was a good ride, rode her well, he did a good job.”
He had a word of warning for the young jockey, too.
“It’s only going to get harder from here on,” Northam added.
He also said Social’s “work has been good” and “she will only improve on that” performance.
“There’s more wins in her,” he said although a Highway Handicap isn’t on the racing radar yet.
“She’s not eligible for them,” he said.