Tay­lor maid for the role

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Belinda Cipriano

Perth Rac­ing Am­bas­sador Brit­tany Tay­lor, of Scar­bor­ough, helped kick off the 2017 Car­ni­val at As­cot on Satur­day. Her grand­par­ents were horse train­ers and her dad Jim Tay­lor was a jockey.

FOR Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Brit­tany Tay­lor, there is no bet­ter time of the year than Spring Car­ni­val.

The Perth Rac­ing Am­bas­sador and judge of Satur­day’s Fash­ion on the Field helped kick off the 2017 Car­ni­val at As­cot.

Hav­ing grown up in The Vines, the 23-year-old said it was her grand­par­ents and fa­ther jockey Jim Tay­lor who in­tro­duced her to the sport when she was a baby.

“(My dad) had me in his arms on a horse when I was only eight weeks old, so horses have been a part of my life for as long as I can re­mem­ber,” she said.

“I started work­ing for Dad when I was 12 and haven’t left be­cause I love it so much.

“Ev­ery morn­ing I still ride track work for him.”

Miss Tay­lor said she was ex­cited the sea­son had be­gun.

“Spring in Perth is syn­ony­mous with rac­ing at As­cot and I can’t wait to get out­side and en­joy all the hos­pi­tal­ity and en­ter­tain­ment ac­tion on course,” she said.

“My favourite thing about this time of year is the in­ter­est in rac­ing from the gen­eral pub­lic.

“Huge crowds de­scend on As­cot to watch the sport we love and revel in the at­mo­sphere of Spring Rac­ing and the track re­ally comes to life.”

With fash­ion also a huge part of the rac­ing scene, Miss Tay­lor said the car­ni­val was the per­fect time for pun­ters to don their finest and as a judge she looked for at­ten­tion to de­tail and the ‘wow’ fac­tor.

Spring is in the air and with it comes the fun and fri­vol­ity of the Spring Car­ni­val. Perth Rac­ing am­bas­sador Brit­tany Tay­lor grew up on the track, be­ing in­tro­duced to the sport when she was a baby. My fam­ily didn’t own horses, but I re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing this time of the year. It was about the form guide, the race, and the fash­ion. How­ever with the sea­son comes neg­a­tiv­ity. Who can for­get the death of Mel­bourne Cup favourite Ad­mire Rakti in 2014. It was a sad mo­ment for the sport and some­thing that has left me con­flicted. Hav­ing in­ter­viewed sev­eral jock­eys, it’s ap­par­ent their love and safety of their horse is para­mount. Two year ago then-Rac­ing Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter McGau­ran said the level of safety and ve­teri­nary care for race­horses was of the high­est stan­dard with only 3.5 per cent of them put down. Many of us are look­ing for­ward to the rac­ing sea­son, let's hope it’s re­mem­bered for good rea­sons.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475287

Perth Rac­ing Am­bas­sador Brit­tany Tay­lor knows all about horse rac­ing.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475287

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