Autier settling into WA
French jockey Matthieu Autier is looking to continue on his winning way at the KBRC on Sunday.
The Frenchman who is on a working holiday, started his trip in Sydney before fellow jockey and countryman Thomas Huet suggested he move West and base himself in Perth.
“New South Wales is very busy, I didn’t apply for a licence to ride in races over there as it is hard to get rides” Autier said.
“I have been riding trackwork in Perth and am starting to get some rides which is good, I enjoy living in Perth”
Autier has been a regular fixture at the KBRC over the past few weeks, winning the Neometals rider of the day award with a double on last week’s card.
Autier looks to have a good book of rides with his main chances Cincinnati Boy, Open Era and Gold Club.
Autier is buoyant about the chances of the David Smith trained Cincinnati Boy, who he guided to victory last start over the 1760m.
The Discorsi gelding steps up to the 2120m tomorrow, with Autier believing the galloper will go well over the longer journey.
“He’s a good chance on Sunday, you have to push him out and he will give back to you”
“Last start he looked like he was giving up mid-straight but he responded under hard riding”
Autier will also combine with Smith with Open Era, who steps up to the 1600m after finishing fourth last start over the short course.
Open Era was forced to settle further back than usual last start after slipping at the start, and subsequently hit the line strongly behind Bache.
“I saw his race last start, he pulled a bit, I think he needs more distance”
“Hopefully he can settle better and I don’t have to pull too much on him”
Autier will be looking to continue his good relationship with trainer Merv Dellar in the last on the card with Gold Club.
Autier was aboard the three year old last start when he produced an impressive sectional finishing third behind Yousha Dua.
“He’s a bit of a strange horse to ride, he can be hard to ride as you cannot ride him out of his comfort zone”
“I was happy with his last run, I will let him settle where he is happy”
The galloper has placed at both starts under the care of Dellar, with the gelding stepping up to the 1400m tomorrow for the first time.