Jordan Childs $50,000 win as ‘The ‘Star of the Saddle’
A $50,000 pay day for Jordan Childs’ win on Surprise Baby in The
Bart Cummings at Flemington not only secured the horse a place in the Melbourne
Cup, it helped clinch the young jockey a big pay day. Childs was crowned the inaugural
‘Star of the Saddle’ after Saturday’s Turnbull Stakes program, earning him the $50,000 cash
prize. The 23-year-old rode a winning double on the program, scoring aboard two-year-old
Mildred (Hinchinbrook) in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (Listed, 1000m) before his win
on Surprise Baby.
In between those two wins Childs also had a couple of second placings
on Hawker Hurricane (Deep Field) and Independent Road (Declaration Of War) to
finish the meeting with ten points. The ‘Star of the Saddle’ has been launched to recognise
the best and fairest jockey at selected feature meetings throughout the Victorian spring
carnival. Another $50,000 is on offer a Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas meeting.