Mathew Cahill leads the way in Country NSW title race

Mathew Cahill leads the way in Country NSW title race

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With the end of December nearing and now five months into the 2021/2022 season, the jockey premierships are well and truly starting to take shape.

Who is in pole position to land the title? And are any Cowra winners in contention? Blackbook.com.au lists the best betting sites with all the latest odds. Here is the top five country New South Wales jockeys so far this season.

1. Mathew Cahill (49.5 winners @ 15.8%)

Favourite track: Albury (11 winners @ 28.9%)

Best trainer combo: Ron Stubbs (17 winners @ 29.4%).

Mathew Cahill is enjoying a successful start to the season, with his best months being August (15 winners) and October (19 winners). He's on track to break his 71.5 mark of last season and holds a 5.5-win lead as of December 21.

2. Ashley Morgan (44 winners @ 12.4%)

Favourite track: Grafton (6 winners @ 18.8%)

Best trainer combo: Brett Cavanough (6 winners @ 24%)

It's been a consistent start to the season for Ash Morgan, improving on his nine August victories to break double figures in September, October and November. Is projecting to better the 76.5 winners of 2020/2021 and will be in the title hunt at the end of the season.

3. Ben Looker (36 winners @ 13.6%)

Favourite track: Grafton (14 winners @ 27.5%)

Best trainer combo: John Shelton (5 winners @ 45.5%)

One of the most revered country NSW hoops for a long time now, Ben Looker will need to wait until the new year to build on his current record. He is currently serving a ban and his suspension doesn't end until Friday, January 7, leaving a frustrated festive period for Looker.

4. Brooke Stower (35.5 winners @ 10.5%)

Favourite track: Armidale (6 winners @ 20%)

Best trainer combo: Brett Cavanough (4 winners @ 40%)

Brooke Stower is making up for lost time having had just the eight rides without a victory in August during the opening of the season. All of her wins have come from September onwards. The 2021/2022 campaign is promising to be her best season yet, and could she be a roughie in the country title race?

5. Clayton Gallagher (35 winners @ 22%)

Favourite track: Dubbo (8 winners @ 20.5%)

Best trainer combo: Brett Robb (10 winners @ 40%)

At 22%, Gallagher has easily the best strike rate of any jockey in the top 20 on the NSW country circuit, and has also been a punters pal too. He has a positive ROI (return on investment) in four of five months completed so far this season.

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