Brisbane’s Jimmy Orman will make a rare appearance at Callaghan Park Thursday.

Published 17 July 2023

Brisbane’s Jimmy Orman will make a rare appearance at Callaghan Park Thursday.

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Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse on Thursday will become part of “the battlefield” in deciding the outcome of the current season’s Australian Jockeys Premeirship result.

That has come about as Brisbane’s Jimmy Orman, who holds the slenderest of leads will make a rare riding appearance in Rockhampton on the eight race TAB card.

Orman, on 184 wins leads Newcastle’s Arron Bullock by a meagre half a win (dead-heat) on 183.5 from figures provided by Racing Australia.

The Australian Premiership concludes when the current 2022/23 racing season winds up on July 31.

Jimmy Orman has taken a full book of eight rides at Ipswich this Wednesday before flying north from his Brisbane base for at least six or seven race rides at Callaghan Park.

His manager Glen Courtney said on Tuesday that consideration had been given for Orman to ride at the Townsville Turf Club races on Friday.

“We gave that some thought but more than likely Jimmy will ride at Lismore that day”, Courtney said.

After Friday there are six SEQ race meetings on the city and provincial circuit that Orman is almost certain to ply his trade at in an attempt to win the AJP.

Orman 26, commenced his jockeying career at Nanango on May 18, 2013 having a dream start as he rode his first winner Shadowy Past at the same meeting.

His talent soared and in the 2014/15 season he became a regular jockey at Rockhampton and Mackay provincial race meetings.

So much so, as an apprentice he attained a rare feat winning the 2015 Rockhampton Cup on Victory Hotel for Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner.

In seasons that followed, Orman concentrated on the SEQ provincial circuit before graduating to the city ranks where he became highly sort after. 

Last season Orman, 26, won his first Brisbane Jockey’s Premiership and with a 12 win margin over closest rival Ben Thompson he has the 2022/23 city title parcelled-up.

Very tall for a jockey, Orman is a disciple of discipline and he is an inspiration to all jockeys of his physical stature as he has maintained his registered riding weight stringently at 55kg.

While it is too close to call the likely outcome of the current season’s Australian title, Orman is doing his utmost to reach such an amazing goal.

However, he is all too aware that Aaron Bullock also harbours that desire and he too is riding as frequently as possible over the next two week making the outcome all the more thrilling..

This season Jimmy Orman can boast a winning strike rate of 20.8% while during his career he has ridden 1064 winners of which 36 were at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton.

Perth’s Will Pike who currently holds the Australian record for the number of winners in a season (224 – 2018/19) sits in third place this season with 180 winners.

While in racing there is no certainty, Pike will be disadvantaged in his home state in the current premiership race because of the comparative infrequency of racing opposed to Orman and Bullock. 

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