Shinn back at Warwick Farm Wednesday a better rider
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Blake Shinn says he returns to Warwick Farm on Wednesday a better rider than before his five-week stint in North America.
Shinn rode his 11th winner from 74 rides when scoring aboard High Heel Lady at Arlington Park on Saturday and told the racetrack's website he believes he has improved as a rider.
"It's been a great challenge for myself, and I feel like I've worked hard and the results have come," Shinn said.
"I think I've improved significantly as a rider in the short period I've been here. You can never stop learning, and I'm always a person that wants to keep improving. I think if you have that view as a rider, it can take you a long way because there's always something new that you can learn every day.
"The American style is they're so well balanced, and they don't move very much.
"They swap the whip from right to left hand, they're strong in their upper body and they're strong in their core. Tactically they're brilliant,"
Shinn based himself at Arlington Park in Chicago, riding primarily for trainers Wesley Ward and Wayne Catalano, and said he would like to make his temporary residence in North America a regular event.
"I would love to keep coming back every year, I really hope that I've made a good impression this year," Shinn said.
"When coming from Australia to America, your reputation is left behind when you get on the plane.
"I had to start from scratch and prove myself, and I only had five weeks. It was a massive challenge but I was very determined in the short time to try and get it right for my future."
Shinn has been booked for six rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, starting with the John Steinmetz-trained Tinker Dan in the first race.