New Face At The Track by the Gurkha
Local racegoers should keep an eye on former UK jockey Andrew Heffernan as he attempts to establish himself in the Goldfields racing scene.
Heffernan hails from North Yorkshire and rode 96 winners as an apprentice before turning full time and deciding to travel the world.
After riding for Serge Henry one of the biggest stables in Mauritius, Heffernan decided to try his luck in Australia and landed in Perth late last year.
He rode for Gary Delane in Albany before moving to Perth in January and since that move the winners are starting to accumulate.
“I’ve been in solid form of late. Went up to Mount Magnet last Saturday and rode a winner and that followed a double at the last Geraldton meeting.” Heffernan told The Gurkha. “I had one ride at the last Kalgoorlie meeting and I really like what I saw of the track.”
The natural light weight that arrived in Australia weighing 47 kg is currently going to scale at 53 kg but can ride lighter if required.
“Sid Green is my manager and he seems a very professional chap. I’ve got four rides today and a couple look to have good chances.”
Heffernan believes in having saddle and will travel and has ridden at Yalgoo, Mt Magnet and all of the provincial courses of late.
“I would rather go to the bush and get a full book of rides then just one or two in town.”