Kieran makes his mark down under

5th Jan 2015 | News

Summer may be a distant memory for most of us, but British Racing School graduate Kieran Shoemark is currently enjoying summer on the other side of the world, and recorded his first three winners on Australian soil on Boxing Day.

On secondment with trainer Danny O’Brien at Flemington, Kieran is following in the footsteps his colleague and fellow BRS alumni Oisin Murphy, who also enjoyed a successful stint in Australia last year with 13 wins from 89 rides, highlighted by a Listed victory in the Bagot Handicap aboard Outback Joe for British expat trainer Nigel Blackiston.

In the UK, Kieran is employed by Andrew Balding, whose stable Oisin was also apprenticed to before he signed a contract to ride for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing for this season.

Kieran has made a similarly impressive start to his time down under, with his Boxing Day treble at Geelong coming aboard Moonlight Graham, Zahspeed and Cincinnati, all for his temporary boss, who describes him as “a very accomplished young rider”. He also finished third and fourth on his two other rides on the card.

Other trainers have been quick to notice the youngster’s talents as on New Year’s Day at Flemington he took rides for three different stables, which is also the case for his forthcoming mounts at Seymour and Sandown later this week.

Kieran, who notched 21 winners from 207 rides in 2014, will return to Britain for the start of the flat turf season in March.