Tony Gollan Pleased with Michael Rodd’s Return to Queensland
BRISBANE, Queensland – Michael Rodd is coming back home to Queensland. This development makes Australian racehorse trainer Tony Gollan elated. Rodd is a Melbourne Cup-winning jockey, and his return is reportedly an important upgrade for the local horse racing ranks. Gollan cited that the 38-year-old horseman would place a bit of pressure on some of the local jockeys to raise a notch.
He remarked that prize fights make the competitors just that little bit better. Plus, the Australian Group One racehorse trainer shared that Rodd had responded to the call to return and ride his bay-coloured gelding, Vega One, in 2019. Gollan cited that they had always got on, going back to when he was merely beginning as a racehorse trainer. He pointed out that they have got their jockeys who compete for them, and that would not get altered. Gollan said that Rodd, who can ride 55 kilograms, would, however, undoubtedly be getting rides off of them, too.
The premier racehorse trainer relayed that he had truly desired Rodd to return straight to Brisbane where he is. The New South Wales-born rider was coming back from Singapore where he was previously based before the COVID-19 shutdown in the city-state early this year. Nevertheless, Rodd reportedly had business to conduct in Victoria. Gollan praised Rodd as a prolific horseman and a top-notch young man.
Rodd reportedly still has ambitions to compete again in Melbourne and Sydney. Additionally, he has long maintained that he would come back to Queensland, according to the news posted online by Australian horse betting news and information portal, Racenet. For now, he has decided to call the Australian state his residence again.
Rodd selected to base himself in Melbourne following the horse racing shutdown in Singapore early this year. It will be the initial time the high-performing horseman has been staying permanently in Queensland for 15 years. Rodd disclosed that, for now, his primary objective is to reinstate himself in Brisbane, though he said that that target does not mean he would not ever compete in Melbourne or Sydney.
Cameron Partington will manage the returning horseman. As an apprentice, Rodd bagged victory in the Premiership in 2001 to 2002. Last year, he spent several weeks up north, connecting with Gollan to be victorious in The Gateway and Magic Millions Cup aboard Gollan’s Vega One. Furthermore, Rodd has collaborated with Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom to bag the victory in the Doomben 10,000. The returning jockey has approached Gollan, and from early December 2019, he was seeking rides, pending the duration he needs to quarantine.
Rodd will first remain at his parents’ residence on the New South Wales Central Coast. Then, at Newcastle, he plans to ride work. This activity will reportedly keep Rodd fit ahead of his comeback. Rodd has spent most of this year away from his family. At the beginning of 2020, his wife, Cara, and their two daughters Chloe and Lila departed Singapore due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The evolving border closures meant Rodd has not stayed with his loved ones in ten months. The award-winning jockey admitted that he has struggled with being away from his family. Rodd affirmed that his top priority is to be with them. Then, he said that he would return into riding next.