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Aquanita's latest edition to the training ranks was always destined to be a part of the racing industry in some way given the incredible impact he made as an apprentice jockey. Nick Ryan is now part of our five trainers throughout Australia to promote the Aquanita brand. The son of former jockey B.J Ryan, his mother's father also was foreman for Tommy Hughes and his stepdad Jeff Gordon is a highly respected Bloodstock agent within the racing and breeding industry.
As a youngster Nick went to pony club at Oaklands and as a 12 year old was spotted by our own Stuart Webb who on weekends would have young Nick riding around the bull ring at Cranbourne and then onto riding for trainer Mick Winks at Flemington. It was here that he was spotted by Robert Smerdon whose association with Nick’s stepfather Jeff Gordon saw some ability in this youngster and in time apprenticed him to his stable.
It's as if the journey so far has almost gone full circle, but it is as an apprentice jockey Nick Ryan set records never equalled by any other apprentice jockey in history.
He became Champion country apprentice at age 17 and outrode his claim in 9 months riding 80 winners. In the same year 2004/5 became Victorian Champion apprentice and also took the title of Australian Champion apprentice riding more winners in the metropolitan area than any other apprentice in Australia.
In August of 2004 he outrode his metropolitan claim of 80 winners in just under two years of race riding, and to cap that achievement he was invited to represent Australia in an international jockeys series by the Mauritius Racing Club riding against some of the best apprentices in the world.
This youngster had taken the racing world by storm. On New Year’s Day 2005 he rode 4 winners on the card at Flemington, won the Champion Victorian Jockeys premiership senior title that year, was Champion apprentice in Victoria two years in succession and Champion Australian apprentice on two occasions.
It didn't just end there, he broke Damien Oliver's 15 year record of 71 winners in a season with a total of 83 winners. Just about every Country and Metropolitan race club had heralded him with titles and awards for his riding ability.
In 50 years, only three apprentices have won the Victorian Senior Jockey Premiership in Oliver, Gauci and Ryan. This then led to a stint riding in Hong Kong and Nick was the youngest jockey to be granted a licence there, then onto Singapore where he rode with great success.
Getting to his current goals of becoming a successful trainer Nick learnt his craft from the likes of Cliff Brown and John O'Hara in Singapore, rode work for leading stables in France and Ireland and came home to become a foreman for trainer Brett Cavanough in Albury. His responsibility of breaking in and educating over 200 yearlings in those couple of seasons with Cavanough included many that have become Group winners mostly trained by Peter Moody.
In July 2014 Nick took the gamble to have a crack on his own and was granted a NSW trainers licence. With a small team he had an impressive strike-rate and was then granted a restricted licence by Racing Victoria working with Ciaron Maher and Group winners such as Petite Filou and Jameka.
Opportunity came knocking for Nick when he relocated to Aquanita Racing at Caulfield leasing a few boxes, and his old mentors in Robert Smerdon and John Sadler who Nick used to ride for saw the potential along with the Aquanita Management that this young man would be a huge addition to its already successful trainer partnership.
Nick definitely hasn't let the grass grow under his feet selecting yearlings from Sydney, Tasmania and Melbourne selected sales and also an addition to Nick’s impressive CV is his partner and star female jockey Katelyn Mallyon who rides work for Nick a couple of mornings a week, so what a star team to add to the Aquanita brand.
We welcome Nick and all his staff and look forward to a bright future ahead.View Nick's performance statistics