After nearly two years in Victoria, the talented 20-year-old has decided to come home for the final year of his apprenticeship, looking to maximize opportunities with his 2kg metropolitan claim.
Niedorf took a step across the border during the 2019-20 season by winning 91 races, opening some doors with big-name stables.
But Melbourne is a tough jurisdiction and while it had had some success – ousting the listed Straight Six was the highlight. Flemington 100-1 shot last year with Romner – it didn’t come up as often and he found himself making semi-regular hit-and-run missions morphetville to fill the gap.
apprentice jockey @LNeindorf his first land @Flemington VRC Winner on Romancer at Listed Straight Six. given that @graham_begg Trained Gallop Starting at a whopping $101, Lachey and Graham may not be too popular with punters! pic.twitter.com/oWIP0eqGbE
— Racing Victoria (@RacingVictoria) May 22, 2021
It sowed the seed, and when trainer Gordon Richards called to see if he was interested in making a sustainable move, Niedorf jumped at him.
“Gordon was the one who reached out to me and pushed me over the edge,” he said.
“I was struggling a bit in Melbourne – it’s very hard to ride at this time of year.
“It just got to the point where I was riding a little bit during the week, but I wasn’t doing anything on Saturdays or Sundays, so I thought I’d go to Adelaide and see if I could build up some pace.
“While I could be based here, it was paying off silly, plus doing trackwork, that would get me on a better ride.
“It is good to be back now and ride consistently and grab good chances. I want to cement myself here.”
Neindorf are already off to a good start, with a win to wrap up a six-week run out port lincoln On Wednesday – their first meeting – and he is hoping to keep the momentum going on Easter Saturday.
His best chance at Oakbank is aboard the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained black sailwho won the listed CS Hayes Stakes on Adelaide Cup Day last month.
The seven-year-old is an early favorite for The Vintage Handicap (1400m) – one of the new races created to replace winning jumping competitions – and is an absolute cracker Morvada, struck by And joist Also prominent in the market.
“He clearly won a listed race of some starts in Morphettville and he has been on a hot streak,” Nindorf said.
“I galloped him on the Saturday before I left and I couldn’t blame him for that.
“My only question in that race is there is little momentum – you have Morvada and Struck By, a deadset leader.
“Hopefully this leaves us with a lovely race behind him but it may not be that easy. But he certainly has a good chance given the form he has shown lately.”
Niedorf Partners bold star For your new boss in the feature, listed Hills Railway Stakes – a race he won two years ago when it was held in Morphettville during the early stages of COVID.