Dylan Parrott ready to capitalise at Yass

Amateur jockey Dylan Parrott, pictured here winning at Bong Bong late last year, will try his luck at Yass on Saturday. Image: Bradley Photos.

For Dylan Parrott, chances to ride in races have been few and far between, with the Wollongong-based amateur jockey utilised sparingly since making his debut at Mungery in October. 

That hasn’t dampened the 21-year-old’s enthusiasm, with Parrott happy to venture to Bedgerabong earlier this month for one ride, while he’ll be jumping aboard just one chance at Yass on Saturday.   

“I know I’m not going to get a full book of rides every time, but wherever I can get a ride, I’m going there,” Parrott told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“I love racing, and it’s always been a dream of mine to race ride, and I’m happy to go anywhere and achieve that dream.”

While he hasn’t had a whole lot of chances, Parrott is making the most of his opportunities, and riding at Bong Bong late last year, he scored the first win of his career. 

Teaming up with Joe Ible, Parrott won aboard Fiancetto in the 1200m Class B Handicap.

Winning at the biggest picnic meeting of the season was a thrill for the youngster, and it was a moment he’ll never forget. 

“It meant the world to me, and to finish the season on a high and get a winner was a great feeling,” Parrott said. 

“Especially because it was the biggest crowd I’ve ever ridden in front of; it was a good feeling and hard to put into words.

“I wanted to get that win before the end of the season and tick that box, and it put me in a good spot leading into the new season. 

“Also, to do it with Joe Ible and the team, who I get along with really well, it meant the world.”

Parrott, who works for Robert and Luke Price, will get every chance to win his second career race at Yass on Saturday. 

Riding for Warren Ganderton, he’ll jump aboard a former Price-trained runner in Artieos, which takes on the 900m Class Three Trophy.

Connections draw nicely with gate one, and after a last-start third-placing behind Dollywood in a 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Braidwood, Parrott is confident the four-year-old Flying Artie mare can get the job done at Yass. 

“She is definitely a nice chance,” Parrott said. 

“I am confident, and I know the horse really well. I used to do all the trackwork riding when she was with us, and I know Warren and get along with him well; I’ve done a few trials with him. 

“I know 900m is perfect for her, and we’ve got a good gate this week, and if everything works out the way it should, we’ll be a big chance.”

It will be a big day at Yass, and the $8000 Yass Picnic Cup will headline the card, which Darryl Rolfe is trying to win with Final Showdown

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