Grant Cooksley Australian Jockey
Grant Cooksley Amasses Well Over $7 Million In Prize Money
Just as certain thoroughbreds are well suited to certain distances and may display a preference for different conditions, the same can be said about jockeys to some extent.
One valid example of this is found in an examination of Grant Cooksley, who has seemed to have established a niche in the sprint events.
Cooksley does the lion’s share of his steering in New Zealand, specifically at Ellerslie and Avondale racecourses, tracks that account for over 100 of his 300 plus wins.
Whilst he has won at staying distances, and it could be said that his most significant win to date was the Group 1 Wellington Cup at 3200 metres, three of his other Group 1 wins were at distances of a mile or below and 76 of his total was at 1600 m, and 1400 m seems to be to his liking as well.
Equally impressive is that he has quietly amassed well above $7 million in prize money.
This would be partly due, no doubt, to the fact that even when he does not take the post, he is consistently well placed.
Most of Grant’s rides have been out of the stable of Richard Yuill. As for horses that have served him well Sedcrem has supplied six wins in New Zealand, including two Group 1 wins, the 2003 Jaguar Easter Handicap and the 2004 Waikato Draught Sprint.
Grant Cooksley projects a somewhat laconic approach to his sport, and that is the source of his effectiveness.
One anecdote supporting this assertion is found in the relating of his 2004 victory in the Waikato, when he and his mount Sedecrem came from next-last coming into the stretch to take the win whilst blowing away the rest of the field, all Cooksley could say about the horse’s performance was, “He’s a good horse.”
Grant Cooksley best season would have to consider 2005-06.
He won over 60 times that season. It would seem that he is still waiting for that one defining thoroughbred that has graced the careers of many a jockey, adding victories in bunches and gaining top-flight mounts for additional events.
It would also seem necessary for him to prove his mettle on the mainland. He has managed a couple wins at Randwick, but has yet to ride at Rosehill or Flemington.
It seems as though Grant Cooksley prefers to stay close to home, and no one who has spent time in New Zealand would fault him for that.
Grant Cooksley Well Deserved Reputation
Grant Cooksley has earned a well-deserved reputation for competence at the sprint distances.
He still has a great deal of future in front of him, lacking only a major win or two to be considered a shoe-in for the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.