Commitment pays off for Pires

Feb 09, 2016

Courtesy of 09/02/16. DAVID PIRES had a passion for football and cricket when he was a teenager but when an opportunity arose to try his hand at being a jockey he grabbed it with both hands.

His apprenticeship began when he was in his late teens but when he was unable to settle into a permanent spot in his home state in Victoria he opted to grow his career in Tasmania in 2002.

Pires had his indentures transferred to Ian Hay at Longford and it was that trainer's outstanding mare Dragila that won a Bow Mistress stakes with Pires aboard.

He also developed a great relationship with Deloraine trainer Terry Roles for whom he rode multiple feature race winners.

But a decision to take on the responsibility of riding trackwork for the state's leading trainers David and Scott Brunton was a career changing move.

It led to the talented rider winning last season's jockey premiership and yesterday he was rewarded for all his hard work by partnering the David Brunton-trained Up Cups to victory in the Betfair Exchange Hobart Cup.

Pires has made Tasmania his home and as David Brunton said in an interview on RadioTAB today that Pires has a great work ethic and deserves all the success that comes his way.