Tui breaks through with win at Tauranga
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.’’
Tui Miles is all smiles after her career-first win on Seconds Out.