Emma Ly enjoying dream start

Emma Ly was all smiles after landing her second career win at Goulburn on Tuesday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Apprentice jockey Emma Ly has enjoyed a dream start to her career. 

Riding at Queanbeyan late last month, the 27-year-old was making her debut, jumping aboard Choose Your Words for her bosses and leading Sydney trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. 

Starting as a $1.35 favourite, it was more or less a sit-and-steer job on Choose Your Words, with Ly taking the three-year-old filly to the front from gate three before the pair cruised to the finish line, winning by 4.45 lengths. 

Ly has since ridden at Taree, Kembla Grange, and the Sapphire Coast to kick off this month, and at start number seven, she travelled to Goulburn on Tuesday and collected her second win.

Riding for Jim and Greg Lee, Ly enjoyed another comfortable win, this time guiding Ladies’ Gem ($6.50) to a 1.95 lengths win in the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1500m). 

In an interview with Sky Racing’s Graeme White following her Goulburn victory, Ly explained that she was happy to have ‘momentum’ after landing some early wins.  

“Lucky number seven; another winner, so momentum, hopefully, to get the ball rolling,” Ly said. 

The Victorian doesn’t have a racing background to call upon, and she explained that she had worked hard before eventually linking up with the Waterhouse and Bott team.

“Mum and Dad have absolutely nothing to do with horses; no one in the family has, but from a young age, I wanted to get going on anything with four legs,” Ly said. 

“It’s been a slog to get into the racing industry, but I’m glad to be in with some of the best now.”

As far as riding her first winner at Queanbeyan, Ly said she enjoyed the experience, with Waterhouse offering some sage advice.

“Everyone told me, ‘Be careful at Queanbeyan; it’s quite tight, it’s got up hills and down hills’, and they gave me all the advice, and Gai just said, ‘Go out and have fun,’ and that’s what I did,” Ly said.

The four-kilogram claiming apprentice will do some kilometres this weekend as she chases more winners, with two rides at Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club on Saturday before two more at Queanbeyan on Sunday.  

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