English edges out hope­fuls

Jockey set for the big time

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

HORSE RAC­ING: Be­tween pony club, event­ing, dres­sage and pro­fes­sional rid­ing, Han­nah English has been around horses her whole life but she didn’t be­gin rac­ing un­til just three years ago when she won the Gayndah Cup.

On Satur­day she re­turned to Gayndah to win the Bench­mark 60, rid­ing Glenn Richard­son’s Canid.

“We raced re­ally well, I had drawn well and Canid has a lot of gate speed,” English said.

“Canid gen­er­ally leads and he shared the lead on Satur­day be­fore rac­ing away in the fin­ish.”

English rides track work with Canid every day and says she en­joys rac­ing with him be­cause he has a strong will to win.

“Canid is very con­sis­tent and al­ways puts in 110 per cent,” she said.

Rid­den by Brooke Stower, Canid won his pre­vi­ous start at Nanango in the Bat­tle of the Bush qual­i­fy­ing heat.

“He’s now el­i­gi­ble to start in the big fi­nal in two weeks so we wanted to keep him tick­ing over in the lead-up,” English said.

English has also earned her place in the Bat­tle of the Bush after win­ning the qual­i­fy­ing heat in War­wick on Klam­mer.

“It’s the $100,000 race that’s been de­signed for bush horses to race in Bris­bane,” she said.

But that’s not all she’s look­ing for­ward to.

“I ac­tu­ally re­ally like com­ing to Gayndah be­cause it’s a nice coun­try club,” English said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the 150th Gayndah Derby in Oc­to­ber, it should be big.”

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

SUC­CESS: Han­nah English won the Bench­mark 60 rid­ing Canid.

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