Tui breaks through with win at Tau­ranga

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

An apol­ogy might have been in or­der but it wasn’t needed af­ter ap­pren­tice jockey Tui Miles scored her ca­reer-first win at Tau­ranga on Satur­day.

Rid­ing Sec­onds Out for Te Aroha owner-trainer Iain Marks, the 22-year- old got the bet­ter of Good Vibes, who is trained by her em­ploy­ers Peter and Jess Bros­nan, to claim the win she’ll never for­get.

Any thoughts of reper­cus­sions were quickly dis­missed as the sport­ing side of rac­ing shone through and the Bros­nans were as pleased as any with their em­ployee’s achieve­ment.

‘‘No, it was great to see, Tui de­served that,’’ said Jess.

‘‘She needed the win more than we did, so good luck to her.’’

The Bros­nans, train­ing partners for the past two sea­sons, have been hav­ing a great run form.

Last sea­son they man­aged just one win but now have a tally of 11 for the cur­rent term.

Tui has been part of their Tai­hoa op­er­a­tion for the past three years and be­gan her rid­ing ca­reer as an ama­teur.

Plac­ings were her lot in 10 rides un­der that sta­tus and like­wise since re­li­cens­ing as an ap­pren­tice late last year.

Iron­i­cally, the most re­cent plac­ing be­fore her week­end win was a third on Good Vibes at Pukekohe last Wednes­day.

‘‘The way it worked out I was al­ways go­ing to be rid­ing Sec­onds Out at Tau­ranga,’’ ex­plained Tui.

‘‘I ride him in his track­work and I’d fin­ished sec­ond on him at his pre­vi­ous start.

‘‘Pete and Jess weren’t def­i­nite about back­ing Good Vibes up, but in the end they were happy for me.

‘‘Luck­ily I didn’t have to walk home!’’

Tui grew up rid­ing horses as a farm girl in the Re­poroa district, how­ever rac­ing had played no part un­til her late teens.

‘‘I didn’t have any aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions but I could ride a horse, so I de­cided to go and work for Pete and Jess and it’s been great.

‘‘Now that I’ve got that first win out of the road and proven that I am a win­ner, I’m hop­ing to get more op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

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Tui Miles is all smiles af­ter her ca­reer-first win on Sec­onds Out.

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