Petersen eyes more success at Grenfell

Kate Petersen will team up with the Neil Osborne-trained Danish Lane at Grenfell on Saturday.

Kate Petersen will head to Grenfell on Saturday confident she can notch up her third career victory. 

The 30-year-old amateur jockey won her first race on the Allan Prisk-trained Jawsome at Cobar in December 2022 but was 14 months between drinks before snaring her second career win at Yass in late February. 

Petersen, who works for Tash Burleigh in Goulburn, rides work for most trainers, including Neil Osborne’s Mane Lodge team.

She teamed up with Osborne at Yass when winning on Danish Lane in the 1350m Maiden Plate. 

“It was quite a bit of time between the two wins,” Petersen told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“It was nice to get that win, and it was even better because I ride work for Neil and appreciate that they gave me the opportunity to ride the horse.

“They come in a couple of times a week, and I know her pretty well, so it was good to win on her.” 

The six-year-old finds a winnable 1400m Class B Handicap at Grenfell, and Petersen said the mare will give it her all.

“I do think she can win again,” Petersen said. 

“Honestly, if the mare is not winning, she always puts 100% in and never goes out and flops. 

“Even when she goes to TAB meetings, she tries her heart out and is never beaten far, and as a jockey, I can appreciate being on a horse that tries her heart out.”

With three good rides at Grenfell, the American-born jockey will also jump on the Paul Theobald-trained Whirled War in the Grenfell Bracelet (1000m) and the Trevor McIlrick-trained Sweet and Sour in the Maiden Plate (1000m).

Whirled War will be taking on a good field of sprinters, and Petersen was just happy to be on the last-start Crookwell winner. 

“I actually got the call-up yesterday, and I thought I was riding another one, but it was scratched, and I’m on this one,” Petersen said. 

“It’s always good to get another ride and get in with some other trainers.”

Grenfell is a meeting that amateur jockeys look forward to, and Petersen believes she will be in a good place to handle the racecourse after riding there in 2023. 

“It’s so hard in the picnics as you generally want to lead or only be a couple behind,” Petersen said.

“It’s very fast, but Grenfell is a nice big open track from what I can remember, and I did appreciate riding on a nice track.”

Danish Lane looks the best of her chances, but Petersen didn’t want to overthink it and was ready to go out and give every galloper her best ride. 

“I try not to think about it too much because I can overthink things,” Petersen said. 

“I’ll look at them, their barrier, and weight, but I try not to overdo it because I can get in my head a bit. 

“As soon as I get on them, all that stress and worry goes away, and I feel comfortable when I’m on their back, and then I just want to go out and do a good job and prove to these trainers I can ride.”

After Grenfell, picnic racing heads further into country NSW, and apart from Boorowa’s meeting on May 4, there will be many long trips ahead of the South East-based hoop.

“I really love getting to the races and riding, but some trips are a bit horrid,” Petersen said. 

“It’s hard to go if you only have one or two rides, so more would make it worth it.

“These local ones are good, and it’s not too far to go to Yass, Crookwell, and Grenfell.”

Petersen has struggled at times, and while she understands the nature of picnic racing, she hopes there are more opportunities on the horizon. 

“I find it is very clicky, and if you can get in with one trainer, they usually keep you on, but then you might struggle for rides elsewhere,” Petersen said. 

“It’s good that Mane Lodge is putting in horses for me, but a trainer tends to pick a jockey and stick with them, so it can be hard to pick up new rides.

“I’ve just got to keep proving myself and see how things go.”

It’s set to be a big day at Grenfell, with the meeting kicking off the school holidays in Grenfell

The six-race program will be complemented by fashions on the field, kid’s entertainment, novelty events, and music. 

For more on Grenfell’s big day, click here