Quayde Krogh’s recent decision to move south and join forces with Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Matt and Paul Jones has paid immediate dividends.
The 30-year-old jockey has already won a handful of races for the stable since returning to riding in October, and on Sunday, he helped the Canberra team to a victory in the Nowra Cup when guiding She’s All In to victory in the $65,000 event.
“She was the toughest on the day,” Krogh said.
“She was headed twice but she kept fighting and didn’t want to give it in and I couldn’t be more impressed with her run.”
Krogh was stoked to land a feature race win so soon after his move south.
“With the whole the Covid thing, I got stood down because I lived in one of the bubbles, so I focused on track work and I missed three months of race riding,” Krogh said.
“I’ve only been back in the saddle for four and five weeks and to go out and hit the ground running and win a feature race like that; I couldn’t be happier.
“It is one of the biggest races I’ve been able to win since moving to NSW and it was awesome of Barb, Matt and Paul to leg me up and have the faith in me to get the job done.”
Krogh, who commenced his career in Queensland, progressed from the country racing scene in the middle of Queensland, before spending time in leading Brisbane and Sydney stables.
“I kicked off my career in Barcaldine in Queensland, which is an hour east of Longreach and smack bag in the middle of Queensland,” Krogh laughed.
“I started with Todd Austin, and he was hugely instrumental for my career and a great horseman and the only reason I moved on from there was because he got sick.
“He got diagnosed with a brain tumour, and at that time I was looking to move to the provincials, so I went to Rockhampton and was there with Jamie McConachy and he was also hugely instrumental on my career.
“I made the move to Chris Munce’s stable and kicked of my metropolitan career and spent two or three months there until he suggested a stint in Sydney.”
Krogh ended up with leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, where he finished his apprenticeship.
“I ended up enjoying working with that calibre of horse and stayed on with Gai Waterhouse and finished my apprenticeship there,” Krogh said.
“So, I was with Gai as a trackwork rider, which kind of hindered my jockey career. I was still pretty green compared to the higher profile jockeys
“Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot with Gai, but it did hinder my race career as I was riding work.”
Sydney track work riders were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent bubbles that stopped jockeys from travelling, and Krogh admitted that it gave him time to revaluate his career before making the decision to join the Joseph, Jones and Jones team.
“During the lockdown period, I had time to think about things,” Krogh said.
“I had come off quite a poor day at Moruya right before the lockdown hit, and mentally I wasn’t in a great spot.
“My fiancé noticed it and Matt Jones approached me in that period and about four weeks before I came back to riding, and he asked me if I wanted to give Canberra a try.
“I had ridden on and off for Barb and the team in the past while I was in Sydney, and I suggested it to my fiancé Vanessa (Grant) that we should do it, and she said we would be stupid not to take the chance.
“We moved into Canberra, and I got straight into the riding and the results have been pretty good since then.”
Grant is now riding and working with the stable too, and Krogh thanked her for the support and guidance.
“I couldn’t have done it without her,” Krogh said.
“She has been an absolute rock. I couldn’t have asked for any better supporter, and she has absolutely been my backbone.”
Krogh will now look to settle into the South East racing seen, and he was looking forward to what the future held in store.
“I haven’t ridden as successfully as I have been since well before I moved to Sydney, Krogh said.
“Barb and the team have been unbelievable; they went straight into asking my thoughts on the horses and where we should place them.
“I want to win races and hopefully I can help their team to a few more good wins.”
Krogh will now prepare for a big two days of racing ahead of him, with five rides at Albury on Saturday and six rides at Canberra on Sunday.