Liv­ing a child­hood dream

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Jockey Ashvin Goin­dasamy has swapped tai­lor-made minia­ture jockey's colours for the real thing and is liv­ing a child­hood dream.

The Cam­bridge ap­pren­tice cel­e­brated his best day in the sad­dle when from four rides at Mata­mata on Satur­day he kicked home two win­ners, Di­rect Cap­i­tal and Athena Baby, as well as pick­ing up a close sec­ond on Cut­ting Up Rough.

He recorded his first win aboard Cut­ting Up Rough at Taupo¯ on Au­gust 22 and his dou­ble on Satur­day took his tally to five. He has been at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of out­side train­ers. Both Di­rect Cap­i­tal and Athena Baby were the first time he had rid­den for ei­ther Karen Ni­chol­son and John Bell.

Goin­dasamy was quickly on his phone to his par­ents in Mauritius af­ter Satur­day's wind­fall.

“I wasn't ex­pect­ing two wins and I nearly got three.” Goin­dasamy's fa­ther was a track­work rider in Mauritius and in­stru­men­tal in him be­com­ing a jockey.

“I was re­ally small and my fa­ther said I should be a jockey and from then on that's all I've wanted to be,” Goin­dasamy said. “When I was five I had to dress up for a fancy dress at school and my par­ents got a tai­lor to make me some jock­eys' colours. I was the only one dressed as a jockey. I used to watch horse races on TV went to the sta­ble where Dad used to work.” He learned to ride on ponies at the lo­cal eques­trian cen­tre which led to an 18-month stint rid­ing track­work in Malaysia.

“But just as I got my li­cence there, my visa ex­pired so that's when I de­cided to come to New Zealand,” Goin­dasamy said.

Goin­dasamy will be kept busy with rides at each of the three north­ern meet­ings this week. — NZ Rac­ing Desk

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Ap­pren­tice jockey Ashvin Goin­dasamy is mak­ing a favourable im­pres­sion.

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