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Brand new apprentice Danielle Scott rides winner at her very first race ride

Ric Chapman in Interviews 10 Jun 2016
  • New star rider arrives with win on debut
Danielle Scott - beaming after winning at first race ride

Friday 10 June - what a day for 4kg apprentice DANIELLE SCOTT!

Apprenticed at Randwick to former jockey Peter Robl, she did a perfect job at her very first ride in a race.

She won. And it was on QUEEN TARA, at Canberra on Friday afternoon, at the juicy odds of $5.10

"When I moved her to make a run coming to the turn, she was sill on the bridle and I actually thought, ooh I might have some good luck here," Scott said.

She then rolled her out to the middle of the track, the widest runner down the home running, sat down to ride her hands and heels, and the closer they got to the line, the harder she pushed Queen Tara out.

And the better the mare responded.

Scott's family were at the Canberra track for her first ride and the fairytale result was very, very well received and applauded.

Robl, who remembered that his very first ride in a race was at Wodonga, "and definitely wasn't a winner," said she deserved this win and would never forget this moment.

"I've known Danielle since she was about three and she's been with me for about  year now. She's come all the way through the work to be an apprentice with me and I'm so proud of her.

"This mare was the perfect choice for her to have her first ride in a race too, because she is bomb proof. She does nothing wrong and Danielle rides her in work.

"And she did a pretty good job today. I am just so happy for her and am honoured she rode her first winner for me."

On face value, it probably wasn't the prettiest riode. The mare came out a length behind everything else, then moved into the race too soon, going four wide a little too soon, then went widest around the bend.

But if you look at it from the perspective this was a Heavy 10 track, then it actually was a bottler of a ride. Because being out in the middle of the track was the perfect place to be.

And the mare responded.

Scott rides at about 50kg and she is the daughter of a trainer in Donna Scott.

"It doesn't get much better than riding your first winner when you're a jockey," said Robl, "but to ride a winner at your very first ride in a race will be something she'll never forget."



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