Edgley now up and running
APPRENTICE JOCKEY HAS FIRST TASTE OF RACE RIDING AS SHE KICKS OFF CAREER IN SADDLE AT BENALLA
You couldn’t wipe the smile off of Hannah Edgley’s face on Friday.
Edgley had just had her first ride as an apprentice jockey. And in what can only be considered something of a serendipitous scenario, the Benalla jockey’s first race happened to come at her home-track.
And on a Benalla-trained horse to boot.
Speaking post-race, Edgley said her maiden ride had been “absolutely amazing”.
“I’m actually still pinching myself because I can’t believe that this moment has finally come,” she said.
“The build up is real, it’s very nerve-racking; but as soon as you get on the horse, you kind of go into the zone.
“It’s what you love to do.” Steering the Russell Osbornetrained Sly Samba Deer in a BM58 Handicap over 1106m, Edgley and SSD raced keenly in third place before fading to finish sixth.
Nevertheless it was certainly a fast and furious start to Edgley’s life as a jockey.
“I was instructed to go forward and ride him like it was a finish for the first 100m, so I urged him up a bit at the start,” she said.
“It was very fast. I definitely can’t wait to get back on a another horse now.”
Edgley didn’t have to wait long for her next chance, picking up rides at Donald and Echuca just days later.
Riding the Ben Brisbournetrained Orazio at Donald on Sunday, Edgley and the five-year-old gelding finished ninth of 14 in the 0-58 Handicap over 1000m.
Then it was off to Echuca on Monday, where Edgley got her best result of the lot, coming second only to bookies favourite Real Gun on the Dan McCarthy-trained Northernero.
Backing up for the final race on the card, Edgley jumped aboard another Brisbourne-trained horse in Atomic Selfie, with the pair crossing the line fourth in the BM58 Hcp over 1412m, two lengths off the winner.
The 20-year-old was announced as one of six new participants in the prestigious Victorian Apprentice Jockey Training Program at the beginning of this year.