There’s no Hold­ing Back Kel­lie

Ap­pren­tice jockey Kel­lie Hold­ing over­came a se­ri­ous shoul­der in­jury to notch her first Ris­ing Star Se­ries vic­tory in im­pres­sive fash­ion

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Julieane Hors­man • Image by Bradley Pho­tog­ra­phers

Kel­lie Hold­ing had never even met Hand It In be­fore she was legged aboard the geld­ing for the May heat of the Ris­ing Star Se­ries at New­cas­tle. It was also her first ride for lo­cal trainer Rod­ney Oller­ton, but the plucky ap­pren­tice jockey man­aged to pi­lot the $31 chance to an up­set vic­tory. Hand It In was a touch slow out of the bar­ri­ers, but Kel­lie was happy to set­tle him at the tail of the field. “I knew he had rea­son­able form even though the pun­ters didn’t rate him, I had a look at a few of his starts and read he’d won over 1600m sec­ond-up be­fore. He doesn’t pos­sess a lot of gate speed and needs a lot of room, so I just worked on en­sur­ing he had it,” she said. Kel­lie made her move at the 500m mark and was the widest as they turned for home. “As we straight­ened I knew he was prob­a­bly only in third gear, he re­ally wanted to win and just kept giv­ing”, she said. Kel­lie’s first Ris­ing Star win was even sweeter for the hoop due to the hur­dles she had to over­come to get there. Af­ter work­ing in other ar­eas of the rac­ing and rodeo in­dus­tries, she fi­nally de­cided to chase her dream and be­gan her jockey ap­pren­tice­ship last year. She rode a win­ner for her mas­ter Les Til­ley at Ta­ree on Septem­ber 18,

2017, but just two days later she had a fall at the Wy­ong jump outs which re­sulted in a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, two snapped ten­dons and a torn ro­ta­tor cuff. Kel­lie had to un­dergo surgery and was told she’d be out of the sad­dle for a year but in a tes­ta­ment to her de­ter­mi­na­tion, she was back at track­work within four months and rac­ing in five and a half months. “It was nice to be back and it’s al­ways good to ride a win­ner,” she said. “Now I’m just fo­cus­ing on get­ting stronger and bet­ter and try­ing to ride more win­ners.”

Kel­lie Hold­ing on board out­side chance Hand It In at New­cas­tle

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