Now he has his first win, it’s about getting another, and another, and another.
As an apprentice jumps jockey, Braidon can ride nine more winners before his 3kg claim is slashed to 1.5kg.
Another 10 winners after that and he loses it completely.
But that won’t be happening any time soon.
The jumps racing industry is extremely competitive for jockeys. Unless you’re Steve Pateman, who can basically pick and chose his rides, it can be an extremely tough gig.
As promising as Braidon is, it will take him some time to become an established jumps jockey.
But he’s willing to work hard.
“I absolutely love it at the moment and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made,” he said of moving to Victoria.
“There’s just a good bunch of people down here – all the trainers have been really good to me.”
Braidon originally came down to ride work for Ciaron Maher in his quest to become a jumps jockey, but he has since branched out to become a freelancer.
The difference between being an apprentice over the flat and an apprentice over the jumps is you don’t need a master if you’re the latter.
“I ride work for Aaron (Purcell) and Matt (Williams), Allan Peterson and some of the other smaller Warrnambool trainers,” Braidon said.
“I work about 10-12 horses each morning and that’s good.”
Braidon and Amy live about a minute’s drive from the Warrnambool track.
Amy, 22, is apprenticed to Williams and has ridden in nine official trials to date.
She’s still some time away from riding in races but her enthusiasm for racing was never waned.
Amy and Braidon have been together for several years now and you get the feeling an engagement is not far away.
“She asks me every day,” Braidon joked.
I’m sure Amy is hoping her boyfriend rides a few more winners so he’ll have the cash to splurge out and buy a ring.
As it stands, that might not be too far away.
You can read more about Braidon and Amy in this story penned by Just Racing’s Phil Purser last year HERE