Canberra jockey Patrick Scorse says he refuses to become another statistic as the latest young talent who lost their way in the city.
Scorse, 19, has made the the leap to Sydney on a three-month loan working under John Thompson and he has no intention of coming back.
Patrick Scorse aboard Bridges following race two at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.
The teenage apprentice has already racked up 54 wins in his budding career at a strike rate of 13 per cent and now wants to learn off the best in the business.
He's been working out of Royal Randwick for the past week and has been blown away by the professionalism in the harbour city.
"It's been unreal, I rate everything here 10 out of 10, it’s just amazing how professional everything is and how efficiently everything runs, it's just clockwork," Scorse said.
"I'm on a three-month loan but I don't see myself tucking the tail and going home, I'm keen to stay and learn off the big guns up here and cement my feet in the ground at Royal Randwick.
"I love Canberra but this is the next step the step I need to take, whether I'm ready or not, I'm going to find out and if I'm not then I'm ready to learn, that's why I'm up here."
Scorse said he's put the blinkers on and won't be distracted by Sydney's big city lights and party lifestyle which has ruined the careers of aspiring hoops before him.
"I’m not real big on the party scene, not only can I not afford to go out [drinking] with my weight, I'm fairly tall for a jockey, but it would just wreak havoc on me," Scorse said.
"You have one too many drinks you'll be turning up to races hung-over and I absolutely don't want to do that, I want to be at the top of my game.
"At the moment I'm at a stage where I need to be fully focused on my racing. Big nights and nightclubs are the last thing on my mind.
"I don’t want to be that statistical young boy that rides well then goes up to Sydney and has issues and gives the city life away, it's happened to far too many riders and I’m not gonna be one of them."
Scorse in action at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.
Scorse has been loaned out from the Barb Joseph and Paul Jones stable and emphasised he left with their full blessing.
"Barb was very happy to see me come so far in such a short amount of time, everyone was happy for me, there was no burning bridges or anything like that," Scorse said.
The best jockeys in Australia make millions but Scorse said the financial incentive was not a motivating factor.
"I don't get any [race money] at the moment, I'm off an apprentice wage and will be for four years, it's about doing the work and putting in the hard yards now," Scorse said.
Scorse had two rides in Canberra on Friday but couldn't steer either of the roughies to an upset win at Thoroughbred Park.
Meanwhile, Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary's gelding Bart is an emergency in the $600,000 group 1 Queensland Derby (2200 metres) at Doomben on Saturday.
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