At only her seventh career ride Ruby Haylock experienced the proudest moment of her blossoming career when guiding No Emotion to victory at Moruya on Sunday.
It would have been a whirlwind few minutes for the young jockey, with the Natalie Jarvis trained galloper almost scratched at the barriers, with No Emotion playing up a little bit before being passed clear to run.
The 22-year-old then gave No Emotion the perfect ride, sitting back off the pace before peeling wide and powering down the Moruya straight for an empathic victory in the 1010m Class Three Handicap.
“He rared up a few times, he had to be pulled back out of the gates,” Haylock said.
“He got cleared by the vets, so we loaded him again and we were lucky he didn’t get vetted out because he ended up winning.”
No Emotion is typically suited over more ground and popped up as a $9 winner and Haylock said she ‘rode for luck’ knowing he would be storming home at the finish.
“I was pretty much told to see where he lands and bring him home as much as he could,” Haylock said.
“He normally gets over a bit of ground and it was a bit of a gamble over that short a distance, so we had to ride for luck.”
The Moruya galloper only got the nod on his final stride, edging past Blue Glass and Alfstar in an exciting finish, and Haylock was left wondering if she had won, until receiving final confirmation when returning to the mounting yard.
“It was very exciting, but I was pretty much kept guessing right until the end,” Haylock said.
“He came home strong, and I thought it was quite close and I wasn’t sure if he had got it until we got back to the mounting yard.”
Emotions flowed after the win, with Haylock happy to record her first career victory on her home track.
“When I found out, I thought ‘oh gosh, it was just really exciting’, It was quite special being at my home track and for a local trainer,” Haylock said.
“I was thankful to Nat and Luke (Jarvis) that they put me on and just happy to get the win for the stable.”
The former cowgirl, who is now apprentice to Wade Mathie, has always been around stock horses, eventing and competing locally, so it is no surprise to see the youngster enjoying life in the racing industry.
“I really like it. It was a bit of a struggle at first because I wasn’t from a racing background, so it took me a while, but it’s funny how time changes things, and I got there in the end and I’m really enjoying it at the moment,” Haylock said.
The Bowral product never envisioned a career in the saddle though, but after working with Mathie and learning her craft, the young hoop has fallen in love with the job.
“I’ve been here about a year now and it’s been really good, and I really enjoy working with Wade,” Haylock said.
“It was honestly just by chance that I came down here and started working for Wade – he does a lot of breaking and training, and he has a fair few stock horses, which I own myself.
- “He convinced me to come to the track one day, and I became hooked. We started talking about me becoming apprentice and once I had my first gallop, I knew then, that’s what I wanted to do.”
Like most apprentices starting out, Haylock wants to be one of the best, but at the same time, she is maintaining a level-headed approach to her burgeoning career.
“I think every jockey would love to ride in the city and go all the way, and I’m no different, but right now, I’m just focusing on outriding my country claim and going up through the ranks,” Haylock said.
“Wade obviously helps me out and he has connections with a few people and with the local trainers and I will just look to get more rides and get more winners.”