Aaron Bullock set to make SDRA debut

Tumut product Aaron Bullock will ride at Gundagai Adelong Race Club’s Snake Gully Cup carnival on Friday and Saturday. Photo: Racing Photograhy.

Tumut product Aaron Bullock will get his first taste of Southern Districts racing today and tomorrow when riding at Gundagai Adelong Race Club’s annual Snake Gully Cup carnival.

Bullock, who is based in Newcastle these days, is one of NSW’s premier country hoops, and he will make the five-hour trip on Friday morning before racing and taking time to see family and friends.

“I’ll leave here at 7am on Friday morning and go straight to the races, then I’ll be staying down at nan’s (Jenny Arragon) on Friday night, then I’ll be out racing on Saturday before staying at the farm on Saturday night and cruising home on Sunday and racing at Scone on Monday,” Bullock said.

Bullock has two rides on Friday before a better book of rides on Saturday, which will see him jump aboard the Todd Smart-trained Tobermory in the Hair of the Dog Cup.

“A few rides on Friday fell away but I’m excited to get down there and finally race on one of those tracks,” Bullock said. 

“I always wanted to do the Snake Gully Cup carnival and I’ve been to Gundy but I’ve never ridden on the track, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Although based in the Hunter, Bullock said the Snake Gully Cup carnival’s reputation was widespread. 

“Every year my grandmother (Jenny Arragon) goes there; I’m not sure if she will get there this year with everything going on, but it is a race meeting that my friends and family always talk about,” Bullock said. 

“Even my manager (Drew Smith) is heading down. They take a bus down and it’s just one of those meetings everyone wants to get to.”

Bullock will jump aboard impressive sprinter, Liberty Sun, in the Marty Hay Flyer today and believes the six-year-old is one of his best chances over the two days. 

“I know the horse (Liberty Sun) in the sprint race will be hard to beat,” Bullock said.

“He loves tight turning tracks and can skip away on them and he should be suited to Gundagai.

“He beat some good horses two starts back at Port Macquarie, and his trainer Gregory McFarlane does a good job with them and he wouldn’t be coming if he didn’t think he could win.”

Bullock rode 102 winners in 2019/20 and 106 winners in 2020/21, and after taking some time off over the winter months, the 31-year-old has already bounced back to his best form and ridden 10 winners this season.

“It’s been a good start back. It’s just about getting the eye back in and getting back on a roll,” Bullock said. 

“I’ve been riding at 58kg, but I told my manager I’ll be back to 57kg soon and I’ll push hard over those summer months.”

The popular hoop is lucky to riding at Gundagai, after being suspended from November 3 to November 12, and Bullock was hoping he could showcase his talents to local racing fans.

“I got a week’s suspension, which didn’t help, but now it’s about getting the horses back under me and trainers seeing me in the saddle and hopefully I can get a couple of winners at Gundagai,” Bullock said.