Hyeronimus has a need for speed at Magic Millions

Adam Hyeronimus, who grew up in Cowra, is bullish about his chances of riding Unite and Conquer to success at this week's Magic Millions meet despite an unlucky draw, being set to start in barrier 18.
Adam Hyeronimus, who grew up in Cowra, is bullish about his chances of riding Unite and Conquer to success at this week's Magic Millions meet despite an unlucky draw, being set to start in barrier 18.

Cowra-born Adam Hyeronimus is backing two-year-old Unite And Conquer’s speed to get the job done at this week’s Gold Coast Magic Millions meet, despite a potentially difficult lane draw. 

Unite And Conquer has drawn wide in barrier 18, though that could change if the three emergencies drawn on the inside are scratched.

“The horse is a go-forward horse, it’s got brilliant gait speed,” Hyeronimus said.

“Although we’ve drawn out wide it’s not too much of a concern, because if he does miss the start or something happens, then we’ve still got that opportunity to race up on the speed that’s the way he likes to race.

“If he missed the start on the inside gate, he probably gets crossed and ends up in a position that he probably wouldn’t like to be in.”

I’ve ridden a number of good horses that haven’t got the opportunities due to different reasons but Saturday’s probably my big chance to win on a 2 year old.

Adam Hyeronimus

The 1200m race, exclusive to 2 year-olds sold through the Magic Millions program, has $2 million worth of prize money attached. 

It presents a huge opportunity for Hyeronimus, who has ridden Unite And Conquer to one of his two wins from two starts for Randwick trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

“He’s showed good ability from a very early age, and he hasn’t let anyone down to date… and keeps improving well,” the Sydney-based jockey, who is riding in two races this Saturday, said.

“I’ve ridden a number of good horses that haven’t got the opportunities due to different reasons but Saturday’s probably my big chance to win on a 2 year old, [a breed] which Gai is very well known for training.”

Should the horse do well, Hyeronimus is optimistic that it will open up a potential Golden Slipper run.  

Unite And Conquer will start in race eight of the Gold Coast meet, starting at 5 pm AEDST.