IF jockeys were paid by the kilometre travelled as well as the standard fee and winning percentage they already earn, Terry Treichel would be on the lookout for a financial adviser.
The well-travelled Port Macquarie hoop has in the last six days ridden at the Gold Coast, Grafton, Tamworth and Murwillumbah.
He has three rides at Ipswich today, backs up at the Gold Coast tomorrow then heads inland for an exceptional book of rides at Sunday’s Moree Cup meeting.
And filling out the log-book on a daily basis is paying the right dividends.
He enjoyed a hugely successful 2012-13 season and has started the new season on the front foot with doubles at Lismore and Tamworth as well as wins at the Gold Coast and Casino.
“I finished second in the Gold Coast premiership last season and this season has been going well,” Treichel said.
Treichel on Sunday jumps on Mark Mason’s tough old gelding Emotional Outburst in the 1400m B&W Rural Moree Cup as well as Counterspy for Garah trainer Campbell Roberts in the 1000m Farmoz Moree Town Plate.
Emotional Outburst, winner of last year’s Barraba Cup, comes off a last-start third behind Kinetics and Pesci at Tamworth two weeks ago while Counterspy – a winner at Moree last November with Treichel on board – resumes from a long lay-off.
“I haven’t ridden Emotional Outburst before but I’ve ridden Counterspy a fair few times,” Treichel said.
“I rode Kinetics when Emotional Outburst finished third to us last start – he’s always about the money.
“Counterspy is pretty honest and should go well on its home track,” he said.
Treichel also rides Mason’s Dayzari in the 1300m M&G Travel-Artesian Spa Motel Maiden Handicap, Snaffles for Peter Sinclair in the 1200m Aircair Aviation BM-60 Handicap as well as Garnett Taylor’s Lucky Leish (950m Moree Golf Club Class 3 Handicap).
Lucky Leish, a winner of three of its past five starts, was a last-start sixth at Eagle Farm while Miss Chinchilla won an 850m barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday morning by four-and-a-half lengths.
“On form, Lucky Leish has got to be a chance,” Treichel said.
Treichel also reconnects with exciting mare Toriuss for Nathan Sinclair in the 1200m Purewater Moree Class 2 Handicap – arguably the jockey’s best ride on Sunday.
Toriuss, owned and bred by brothers Danny and Johnny Bourke in partnership with clerk of the course Andrew Gray, has created big impressions with wins at Moree and Tamworth at her only two starts, and Treichel has been along for the ride both times.
“She goes really well. Her two wins have been really good, especially her last win when she stepped up in grade,” Treichel said.
“She still doesn’t really know how to travel yet, so she just lobs along and when you ask her for something she just keeps giving. She ran the 1200m on her ear at Tamworth and ran away from them, pretty much like she did at Moree.”