Tulloch Lodge cuts Nash Rawiller loose as Tom Berry hits his straps

Cut loose: Nash Rawiller is no longer riding in a partnership with Gai Waterhouse and Tulloch Lodge Photo: Jenny EvansPremier jockey Nash Rawiller has taken a freelance role in recent months and Gai Waterhouse admits their successful partnership has moved to more of an association.

Rawiller has held the coveted No.1 rider position at Tulloch Lodge since the autumn of 2007.

It has been the most important riding position in Sydney for the past 50 years, since the halcyon era of Tommy Smith, however, Waterhouse made it clear the position is vacant as Tom Berry and Rawiller now share the stable’s best rides.

”There is really not a No.1 there at the moment,” Waterhouse said.

”I think Tom has really come of age. I think Tom is a very exciting jockey. He hasn’t got the maturity of someone like Nash or Glyn Schofield, but, my gosh, he is a good young jockey.” Rawiller didn’t want to comment about his position in the Waterhouse stable after he rode a treble at Canterbury on Wednesday, but none for Tulloch Lodge.

It was the outside rides that helped him surge to the jockeys’ title in July and this season he has only ridden three winners for Waterhouse from 12 rides, in a suspension-interrupted start to the new term.

Waterhouse said it was her idea for Rawiller, a heavyweight who rarely rides less than 55.5 kilograms, to branch out.

”I told him to [do a bit more outside riding]. I told him he should go and catch and kill his own and he would do well and he has,” Waterhouse said.

It was clear from Rawiller’s treble at Canterbury that he had embraced the new situation.

Waterhouse had runners, at Rawiller’s weight, in both races he won for Chris Waller, on Earnest Desire and Perplexity, before he was at his best to score on Clarry Conners-trained Turnley.

Rawiller has ridden seven winners for Waller this season and the premier trainer is happy to get the opportunity to use him.

”He is [a] great asset when you can get him,” Waller said.

Waller made it clear that he believed Rawiller was one of the elements of success at Tulloch Lodge.

”As a competitor, I look to see what the opposition is doing that makes them better then you try to apply that to your set-up,” he said.

Rawiller has been riding less trackwork for Waterhouse and it’s obvious looking at the bookings for Rosehill on Saturday – he is riding for a variety of stables.

He has three rides for Waterhouse – Julienas in the Colin Stephen Quality, Greytfilly in the Reginald Allen Quality and Hydro in the Gloaming Stakes.

It is Berry who has the pick of the stable’s rides on Saturday. They are highlighted by the promising Ecuador with 60kg in the opener, and the talented Aussies Love Sport (56.5kg) in the Stan Fox Stakes. He also has the important task of getting Our Desert Warrior, which has the minimum of 53kg, into the Epsom by winning the Shannon Stakes.

Waterhouse and Rawiller have been the strongest team in Sydney for the past six years and peaked when they combined for seven group 1 wins at last year’s autumn carnival. More Joyous and Pierro delivered three each but cracks have developed in the partnership in the past year.

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