South Australian hoop wants in on Origin racing clash
An exciting new Origin-style Trans-Tasman jockey challenge involving Queensland's triple Melbourne Cup-winning hoop Glen Boss has the potential to grow even further after South Australian rider Dominic Troneur expressed interest in representing his own state.
Queensland (Boss, Jimmy Byrne), NSW (Tye Angland), Victoria (Craig Williams) and New Zealand (Opie Bosson, Damian Brown) will saddle up for the clash, which will be part of Queensland Racing's summer carnival in Brisbane and the Gold Coast next month.
"What happened to SA and WA?" Troneur posted on Racing's Queensland website when it officially confirmed the battle.
While Adelaide has Troneur, Matt Neilson, Claire Lindop and Dwayne Dunn, West Australia can brag world-class hoops of their own in William Pike and Paul Harvey.
Having a jockey from each state and New Zealand would give the concept greater credibility and generate a lot more interest.
It's understood Queensland Racing outlined the details on the new Origin series to each state's jockey and racing bodies.
It will be highly competitive, jockeys are that way by nature, but there won't be any Arthur Beetson-style biffo when they return to scale after a tight finish.
Good-natured sledging will be allowed and encouraged and Byrne, who has punched home more than 1100 winners, got in early, declaring it was common knowledge Queensland produced the best riders.
"It's well-documented we produce the best jockeys up here and hopefully we can prove it again in this series," he said.
One jockey will represent his region in two nominated races over four consecutive metropolitan meetings in Brisbane and the Gold Coast from December 5 to 26 with 10 points awarded for a win, six for second and three for third.
The winning state will receive a special trophy.
"I think this is a good idea," Boss said. "When they start these things, it's natural people will be a little bit sceptical, but racing in Queensland probably needs a bit of a kick along. They have put this idea together and I'm happy to put my weight behind it.
"It's a concept at a good time of year and leading into Magic Millions it can get a bit of momentum going."