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10 successful jockeys in Australia

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Australia can proudly boast some of the world’s best jockeys. As with many other sports, fame and success are not only for males. That’s why the short list that follows here consists of five of the top male and female jockeys.

LUKE NOLEN – Riding his first Group One winner in 2006 in the Caulfield Guineas and the winning rider of the 2007 Cox Plate on El Segundo, Luke is currently the main stable rider for one of Victoria’s top trainers in Peter Moody. His high conversion rate of winners means he is amongst Australia’s leading jockeys.

DAMIEN OLIVER – Damien was the leading apprentice in Perth in the 88/89 season. In Melbourne, he established himself with the powerful Freedman stable early in his career. Now riding independently, he has won six Victorian Jockey Premierships and numerous Group 1s.

CRAIG WILLIAMS – Craig was 16 years old when he began his apprenticeship with his father Alan, a former jockey turned trainer, in 1993. He rode his first winner, Pride of Demus, at Ballarat in the same year. Craig gained his full licence in ’97 and won his first Group 1 at Morphettville in 2000.

NASH RAWILLER – Nash comes from a racing family, his father was a jockey, his brother Brad is a highly respected senior rider and little sister Stacy is also building a promising riding career. Nash is one of the tallest jockeys in Australia.

MICHAEL RODD – Michael started his apprenticeship at age 16 as a carpenter. Finding the job hard for someone of his stature and noting the helpful suggestions from co-workers that as a carpenter he would make a good jockey, he went to a racing stable for a look and decided to give it a shot. He won his first race at Grafton in 2000.

MICHELLE PAYNE – Born in 1985, Michelle is the youngest of 11 children raised by her father Paddy, a racehorse trainer in Ballarat. Eight of the children went on to be race riders and two of the boys, Paddy and Andrew, are now trainers. Michelle was apprenticed to her father and began riding when she was 15, winning her first Group 1 in the 2009 Toorak Handicap.

CLARE LINDOP – Clare moved to South Australia to ride for top trainers such as David Balfour, Leon McDonald, Ken Sweeney and Byron Cozamanis. Clare doesn’t believe in glass ceilings and says there are no concessions for gender on the racetrack. She was the Adelaide Premiership Jockey in 2004/05 and won the Victoria Derby in 2008 on 100 to 1 shot Rebel Raider.

CHLOE CHATFIELD – Chloe has had 1253 rides, come first in 120, second in 117 and third in 126 rides. This gives Chatfield a win percentage of 9.6% and a place percentage of 29%. Talented Chloe was suspended in 2008 for causing a chain reaction accident, after which two horses had to be put down.

CHRISTINE PULS – Having 2269 rides under her belt, Puls has won 120, come second in 149 and come third in 178. This have given her a win percentage at 5.3% and a place percentage of 19.7%.

KATE DYSON – Having ridden 872 rides, won first place in 78 and come third in 78, Dyson has a win percentage of 10.1% and a place percentage of 28%. From August 2008 to June 2009, Dyson has had 283 races and had 24 wins, 24 seconds and 19 thirds.

Role models

The example has been set. If you are aspiring to become a successful jockey, there are some excellent role models in Australia!

Sources

https://www.racing.com/jockeys
http://www.australianracingreport.com/australian_jockey_profiles.html http://www.femalejockeys.com.au/

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