Apprentice jockey Courtney Bellamy will look to continue a good start to her fledgling career in the saddle at Lismore Turf Club on Friday.
Bellamy only kicked off her career on May 29, riding Totally Mesmerized for her father Brett Bellamy, before winning her first race at Port Macquarie on July 3, booting home Secrets No More for trainer Matthew McCudden.
Most recently, Bellamy travelled to Taree on Tuesday for the one ride, and was rewarded with a victory aboard the Ross Stitt trained Fair Dinkum.
The 18-year-old is enjoying a strong start to her career but admitted it was a lot different to anything she had ever expected.
“It’s very different to what I thought but I’m really loving it,” Bellamy said.
“I’m feeling a lot more confident with my riding the more I race.”
The Coffs Harbour product is no stranger to the saddle though, having been working horses for nearly four years, and she explained what she thought was so different when it came to racing.
“It’s just processing how fast everything happens and about making quick decisions,” Bellamy said.
The four-kilogram claiming apprentice will head to Lismore with a good book of rides, including two for her father and master, Brett Bellamy, with the first one being on last-start placegetter All About Charlie in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap before hopping aboard Man With A Plan in the 1100m Class One Handicap.
The young hoop also rides consistent maiden Continuum in the 1100m Maiden Plate and Sawtell in the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
In what is arguably her best chance on the day, Bellamy will hope to guide Pride of Pyingerra to his third win on the trot in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
“I would really like to come home with a win and placings tomorrow, but it depends on the day,’ Bellamy said.
“I have some good rides, but it’s understandable if the horses aren’t good enough on the day.”
Bellamy has added confidence heading to Lismore, having ridden trials there, before racing there earlier this month.
“I rode there about two weeks ago, and I rode a few trials there,” Bellamy said.
“It was a lot different riding in a race there, because everything is a lot more compact, but I will go back there a lot more confident that I know where to be in races.”
As far as what the future holds for Bellamy, she wasn’t thinking too far ahead of Lismore’s meeting, and just wanted to become a better jockey.
“I’m not really sure where I see myself going, but at the moment, I am looking to improve myself and see where it takes me,” Bellamy said.
Racing fans wanting to follow Bellamy at Lismore tomorrow, gates open 11am and the first race jumps at 12.14pm.
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