Chasing big bucks
GYMPIE trainer and jockey Desiree Gill is in for a busy weekend.
Gill has six starters in this weekend’s 100 Club Cup race meeting, but would usually give apprentice Kayla Cross a majority of those rides.
Not this weekend though.
Cross has been given the opportunity to ride Queen of Happiness on the Gold Coast in a $250,000 race – an opportunity few first-year apprentices get.
Gill yesterday said she will be busy in Gympie, but it is well worth it, giving her student the chance to ride in an important race.
“Giving Kayla, a first-year apprentice, a ride in a non-claiming race is a big statement from the owners of the horse,” Gill said.
“It’s a real show of faith in Kayla’s ability.
“It means I’m in for a big day here in Gympie, but you can’t stand in the way of an opportunity like this.”
The quietly spoken Cross yesterday said she was excited to be riding in such good company.
“It will be a good weekend,” Cross said.
“I was offered the ride after winning the race on it last weekend in Rockhampton.
“I didn’t really have to talk Desiree into letting me go, because she knew it was a big chance for me.”
In local racing, Gill said the feature race, the 100 Club Cup, was an open race despite only having six starters.
“We have two starters in the cup – Seekawinner and Red Roller,” Gill said.
“I will ride Red Roller – it suits my style better.
“It’s a forward runner and loves the sand.
“Seekawinner tends to get back and storm home.
“It should be a great day out here.
“The club has done a great job of promoting the races and I think there will be a big crowd as long as the rain stays away.”
The 100 Club Cup feature race starts at 4.20pm and Cross’s race jumps at 3.45pm.