Champion jockey James McDonald is in demand from trainers and punters are sure to follow suit when he resumes riding at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
J-Mac returns from an 18-month disqualification for betting on a horse he rode in a race. Before his stint on the sidelines McDonald was hugely popular with punters.
Who knows if he will ever wear the royal blue colours of Godolphin again, but there is no doubt the top trainers will flock to the Kiwi born rider. That is evidenced already, by his book of rides at Warwick Farm which includes four mounts for leading trainer Chris Waller.
— Punters.com.au (@Punters) May 10, 2018
The 26-year-old hoop has been preparing for Wednesday’s meeting for the past six weeks, easing back into trackwork and then riding in a truckload of barrier trials.
In the lead-up to his return McDonald has been prominent in the media and he has made no secret that next season’s Sydney metropolitan premiership is one of his goals.
Our racing traders were quickly into stride and have priced McDonald at $2.50 to win that title. The boys have also priced up several markets for his return on Wednesday.
There is eight Group 1 races left in the season and the accomplished hoop is $5.00 to pilot a major before the new season starts on August 1. McDonald is also $21 to ride The Everest winner and $51 to win the Melbourne Cup.
McDonald has six rides for Wednesday’s meeting. They are – Cormac (race 1), Press Box (race 2), Tinkermosa (race 3), Stryke Rock (race 4), Monasterio (race 5), Kitteau (race 7).