It was a day to remember for Elissa Meredith at Narromine on Monday with the apprentice jockey booting home a treble of winners.
The 26-year-old, who had never ridden a double, let alone a treble, was ecstatic to mark off two milestones so early in her career.
“It was very exciting,” Meredith said.
“I was excited to ride my first ever double but getting my first treble was awesome.”
Meredith kicked off the meeting in fine style, helping the Clint Lundholm trained Watch Me Rumble to victory in the opening event, the 1100m two-year-old Maiden Plate.
The Stratum Star filly started a short-price $1.50 favourite and won accordingly when powering home down the outside.
“I was really confident with Watch Me Rumble, obviously her last run at Dubbo, where she ran second in the Silver Goblet, that was a big race and we expected her to go well,” Meredith said.
By the third race on the card, Meredith had her double when guiding Electrifying Lady to the finish line in the 1300m Maiden Handicap.
It was a head-bobber of a finish with the Janelle Galea galloper getting her head down on the line to win by 0.03 from the Andrew Ryan trained Are you Certain, paying $5.80 for the win.
“That was a good win, I was intending on riding her forward, but she was slow away and I had to ride her colder than I had planned,’ Meredith said.
“I actually thought we ran second. I didn’t expect her to have a good finish like that.”
It wasn’t until the final race of the day that Meredith secured her treble, and funnily enough it came aboard a pick-up ride.
The in-form hoop jumped aboard the Keiren Hazleton trained Streets Of Suemori in the 1100m Benchmark 58 Handicap, with the pair winning comfortably in the end, while lucky punters were rewarded with the winner paying $25.
“I only picked it up this morning and that was my first ride for Keiren,” Meredith said
“She travelled well and Keiren had instructed to have her where she was comfortable.
“I would have looked to have her a pair closer, and Keiren said she only had a small sprint, and I thought she would tire, but she was quite strong to the line.”
The Dubbo-based jockey never expected to ride a treble, explaining her second and third winners were on the short back-up.
“Both that horse (Streets Of Suemori) and Electrifying Lady, they went around at Dubbo on Friday, and on the quick back-up, sometimes you don’t expect them to go that well when racing again so soon, but they both went well.”
All three of Meredith’s winners came from off the pace and she was pleased to prove that she could read a race well and time her run when it mattered most.
“A lot of my wins are front runners, where I lead or sit outside the leader and it was the complete opposite today and it was good and it shows people that I can make the right decisions,” Meredith said.
A big day at the races is sure to garner the attention of Central District trainers and Meredith hoped more opportunities were on the horizon.
“Even if you are on a longshot, you need to try and give them the best ride possible and that’s what I did today,” Meredith said.
“I would love for it to lead to more opportunities riding for other trainers and in different areas but I’m lucky to have the opportunities with Clint too, he isn’t afraid to put me on good chances.”
Racing fans can follow Meredith on the weekend when she travels to Coonabarabran for the Cooinda Winter race meeting.