Leeton-based picnic jockey Breanna Bourke will travel to the town of her namesake on Sunday, taking a full book of rides at the Back O’ Bourke picnic races.
Bourke, who has ridden winners at Tottenham, Ardlethan and Grenfell to start 2022 off on the right foot, will team up with Cobar trainer Allan Prisk in each event.
“Allan pre-booked me a couple of weeks ago to make sure I was going,” Bourke said.
The 29-year-old is looking forward to the trip, and while she won’t be home for Easter with her eight and seven-year-old children, Bourke was excited to be riding up north.
“The only thing for me was Easter and with the two kids; that was the only thing that would have stopped me going, but the excitement overruled that, and the kids are excited for me to go too,” Bourke said.
Bourke will meet up with Tumbarumba product Emily Waters in Wagga, with the pair of young hoops travelling to Bourke together.
“Allan did offer me to go with him, but I am going to link up with Emily Waters and head up with her,” Bourke said.
“We will leave Saturday some time and go home Monday.”
Prisk has a knack of landing a winner or two at Bourke’s once-a-year meeting and the picnic jockey believes she had a few good chances on the travelling trainer’s horses.
“I think we have a couple of really good chances,” Bourke said.
“We have only drawn one good barrier the whole day, and I’ve never been there before but looking at it and after talking to people, it looks like it has a big, long straight and that should give us a good chance to get home.
“I think Cinders first-up from a break will go well and I have never ridden her before, but she seems to get out and go quick, and Jawsome was another one I thought might go good and Sun Master looks well placed.”
Bourke said her love of racing was the main reason she was travelling to the other end of the state, and win or lose, she would have a good time.
“This will be the longest trip I’ve been on, but I just love the game, love the horses and love what they can do for us and what we can do for them,” Bourke said.
“The love of the horse takes me everywhere.”
In a busy day at the races, Bourke will jump aboard Cinders in the 800m Maiden Plate, Jawsome in the 800m Open Trophy Handicap, Rebel Lilly in the 1000m Class B Handicap, Star Express in the Harry Hart Memorial Bourke Picnic Cup and Sun Master will round out her full book of rides in the 1300m Class B Handicap.