In-form Olivia Chambers out to continue winning run in Wellington Town Plate

In-form apprentice jockey Olivia Chambers will partner Gorush Lightning in Sunday’s Wellington Town Plate. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Olivia Chambers will be on the road on Sunday, with the apprentice jockey travelling all the way to Wellington to ride the Michael Gatty-trained Gorush Lightning in the $50,000 Wellington Town Plate. 

The pair enjoy a winning rapport, with the veteran sprinter delivering Chambers her first victory at Moruya back in June of last year, while in five rides on the eight-year-old, she has won three times, including a last-start win at Moruya earlier this month. 

“I’ve had three wins on him now, and I had my first winner on him, and we’ve formed a good relationship,” Chambers said. 

“I am always full of confidence when I get on him because I know that he will bring his best on the day.”

The 20-year-old will head to Wellington full of confidence after she booted home a winning double at the Sapphire Coast on Saturday before venturing to Orange for a victory on Sunday. 

Since kicking off in the middle of last year, Chambers has 22 wins next to her name at a credible 13% strike rate, and the young hoop explained that everything is coming together. 

“It’s slowly getting there,” Chambers said. 

“It does take time, and you kind of go through patches where you get a lot of rides, and then it slows down. 

“Now I’ve had a few winners, hopefully I can keep on a roll, and it does help a lot once you get a few winners, as it feels like it’s all coming together.”

Interestingly, Chambers isn’t from a thoroughbred racing background. In fact, she was into show jumping before trying her hand at trackwork riding, which led to the talented horsewoman ditching plans of going to university to instead become an apprentice jockey. 

“None of my family are in racing but I’ve had horses forever,” Chambers said. 

“I did a lot of show jumping growing up, and I still have a couple horses at home, but with work and that, it’s slowed down a lot.”

It’s this background in show jumping that gave Chambers the confidence she needed to try her hand at trackwork riding in the first place.

“I feel like it did help, and you look at things a little differently,” Chambers said. 

“Especially at trackwork, there is some give and take when riding, and I definitely think my background has helped me out a lot along the way.”

Chambers has her eye on the prize, and she explained how she kicked off her apprenticeship before making the move to the strong Robert and Luke Price yard. 

“I started in Goulburn with Anthony Warren, and it was sort of a gap year thing to start with, and he helped me a lot, starting out with trackwork, and he gave me a little hint and told me to see where this goes, and he got me through my trials and really just got me going,” Chambers said. 

“With the move (to Robert and Luke Price), it was just the circumstances, and I needed more exposure, and needed to be riding a lot more.

“Plus, it’s not too far from home and it’s a nice move down here.”

Working for the Price stable, opportunities won’t be an issue, but the Exeter product stressed that she was up for a long car trip for the right opportunity. 

“Right now, it’s all about working on my country claim and getting that exposure, and once we work that down, then seeing if I can get a few provincial opportunities,” Chambers said. 

“I will travel if the opportunities arise, and I will make the most of it, and if I get the chance, I’ll jump in my car and drive for rides.”

While Chambers is off to Wellington on Sunday, she will travel to Hawkesbury on Thursday, teaming up with the Robert and Luke Price-trained Noble Attack in the 1300m Maiden Handicap.