Double-banger as Kylie breaks through
Novice trainer Kylie Fawcett stole the show at her home track race meeting last Friday when she saddled up her first ever winner as a trainer – and then promptly added a second.
Thoroughbreds have for more than a decade been a big part of Kylie’s life, with her most memorable previous achievement being the co-breeder and part-owner of 2010 Queensland Oaks winner My Keepsake.
Having based herself under the Oxford Thoroughbreds banner at her property several kilometres south of Matamata with a small broodmare band and young stock, last season Kylie decided to broaden her reach by taking out a trainer’s licence.
She racked up a number of placings with her small racing string and it had been more of the same in the new season, with Solomon her most notable contributor running three seconds from four starts.
‘‘The large cheer squad on hand were led by Kylie and Jasmine's just turned 90-year- old grandmother Betty Fawcett.’’
The breakthrough came with Solomon in the fourth race on Friday’s card, the Ancroft Stud 1100, and was made all the more memorable through the winning jockey being none other than Kylie’s cousin, Jasmine Fawcett.
The large cheer squad on hand were led by Kylie and Jasmine’s just turned 90-year- old grandmother Betty Fawcett and various other relations including Jasmine’s mother and keen stable helper Tracey.
But the celebrations were far from ended with that career-first win.
Just over half an hour later Peaky Blinders, one of Kylie’s first season placegetters, completed a possibly unique double when he ran away with the Paper Plus Matamata 1200.
As well as the gathering of fam- ily members spanning four generations, Eddie Wright, who co-bred and part-owns both winners with Kylie, was also on hand for the big double.
Besides her racing string, Kylie is also busy with the finishing touches being applied prior to Oxford Thoroughbreds’ draft for the Karaka yearling sales at the end of the month.