Jas­mine breaks through for the win

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘He knew what he was do­ing and he car­ried me home, so it was good to get the mon­key off my back.’’

At 22 years Jas­mine Fawcett is older than most ap­pren­tice jock­eys start­ing out, but she has crossed the first hur­dle on the way to be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful rider.

At Pukekohe on Sun­day she broke through for her first win rid­ing Zam­bezi War­rior for her em­ploy­ers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, fol­low­ing in­struc­tions and com­ing away with an easy win in her 26th race­day ride.

‘‘Jamie told me to what to do, set­tle him back, get him bal­anced and let him do the rest,’’ Jas­mine said as she re­lived the win she will never for­get.

‘‘He knew what he was do­ing and he car­ried me home, so it was good to get the mon­key off my back.’’

While not di­rectly in­volved with rac­ing un­til she be­came a mem­ber of the staff at Te Akau Rac­ing, Jas­mine wasn’t short of equine skills.

Her mother Tracey had worked for for­mer lead­ing trainer Jim Gibbs and Jas­mine’s pony club mounts in­cluded an exrace­horse, help­ing her to com­pete to a high level.

‘‘I was the re­serve rider in the New Zealand mounted games team when we went to the world cham­pi­onships in France in 2013,’’ she said.

‘‘I de­cided while I was up there I would carry on do­ing my OE and I worked in Eng­land look­ing af­ter ponies for fam­i­lies who would put me up.

‘‘When I came home I de­cided to try work­ing in a rac­ing sta­ble and I went to Te Akau, then ear­lier this year I signed up for an ap­pren­tice­ship.’’

Jas­mine’s first race­day op­por­tu­nity was on her home track in June rid­ing Hank Marvin, a horse trained by her cousin Kylie and whose own­ers in­cluded her mother and her grand­mother Betty.

Al­though beaten by a wide mar­gin, Hank Marvin still per­formed with credit for third and another third plac­ing – this time beaten just a nose and half a head – fol­lowed on the Peter and Jess Bros­nan-trained Good Vibes at Ro­torua ear­lier this month.

‘‘It’s good to have got the win,’’ she says. ‘‘I know I’m in the right place work­ing for a very good team of peo­ple. As long as I keep prov­ing I’m com­mit­ted I’ll keep get­ting the sup­port, so you can’t ask for more than that.’’

TR­ISH DUNELL

The smile says it all as Jas­mine Fawcett part­ners Zam­bezi War­rior to her ca­reer-first win.

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