Trudy makes it 1000 wins

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

Trudy Thorn­ton has long been known as one of rac­ing’s tough­est jockeys and now she’s a mem­ber of the 1000 wins club.

Hav­ing reached 999 at Mata­mata on Oc­to­ber 19, she broke through the elu­sive bar­rier on Satur­day at Tau­ranga with a typ­i­cally hard-fought win on the long­shot Gang­sters Lass.

The Cam­bridge 53-year- old, who be­gan rid­ing as an am­a­teur in 1982 and mixed flat and jumps rid­ing for a num­ber of years, spent more than a decade based in Mata­mata when she also held a trainer’s li­cence with some suc­cess for a cou­ple of sea­sons.

Her ca­reer has been punc­tu­ated by the birth of three chil­dren – daugh­ters Sa­man­tha and Jes­sica Col­lett and son Ben Thorn­ton – and a list of in­juries that might have de­terred some­one less de­ter­mined.

In 2008 she came close to dy­ing when a horse she was rid­ing at Eller­slie col­lapsed with a heart at­tack and would have smoth­ered her but for the quick ac­tions of nearby start­ing gate crew mem­bers.

At the same track two years ago she suf­fered se­ri­ous hips and pelvic in­juries in a fall that ul­ti­mately led to a hip re­place­ment.

Time and again, how­ever, she has bounced back and even now af­ter more than three decades and 15,000-plus race rides, she has no in­ten­tions of hang­ing up her sad­dle.

‘‘It’s what I en­joy, it al­ways has been, that’s what keeps me go­ing – and the money!’’ Trudy said af­ter scor­ing her land­mark win on the John Rev­ell-trained Gang­sters Lass.

‘‘It’s what I en­joy, it al­ways has been, that’s what keeps me go­ing – and the money!’’

Trudy Thor­ton in a pic­ture taken af­ter the Gal­lagher, Mar­ton Cup in 2014.

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