Stanley defies all odds to record maiden victory

Dylan Stanley rode his first winner at Narromine on Thursday, guiding home The Long Run to win for his pop, Peter Stanley.

If you ask Dylan Stanley about his first ever race winner as a jockey, which came at Narromine last week aboard The Long Run; the young jockey will likely joke about the fact that he never thought he would get a chance to ride in the race, let alone win one.

“I didn’t think I would ever get to be a jockey. I never thought I’d make the weight, but I’m glad I had a go at it,” Stanley laughed.

“I’m a really tall jockey, definitely one of the tallest going in the country.”

The lanky hoop, who stands at around 6 feet tall, defied his height and the associated challenges due to being bigger than his peers, guiding The Long Run to a good win in the 1300m Benchmark 78 Handicap.

“When we were going down the straight, there were two horses in front of me and I didn’t think she would get it and she surprised me a little bit,” Stanley said. 

“She has been a tough mare and now she has won eight races.”

The win was all the more special to Dylan and his family, when you consider he was riding for his pop, Peter Stanley; keeping the proud racing name squarely in the spotlight.  

“It was pretty special getting my first winner for my pop,” Stanley said. 

“I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

The 18-year-old, who has only had the 14 career rides, will get another chance to steer home The Long Run for his pop tomorrow, although this time, it will be in the $75,000 Mudgee Cup; easily the biggest race of the young jockey’s burgeoning career. 

“I am actually riding The Long Run in the Mudgee Cup,” Stanley said. 

“I would probably lose it if we won, I would be that excited.”

The Dubbo-based jockey, who rides the minimum weight despite his height, has been well schooled, previously working with Dean Mirfin, Gayna Williams and Cameron Crockett, before starting his apprenticeship with Kody Nestor. 

“I was originally riding track work and working here and there, just getting that experience and then I got through my trials pretty quick and it’s been great, I will easily ride 10 or 11 a morning for Kody,” Stanley said. 

“He is really good, he is chucking me on different things, and now I’ve learned how to do all my gallops and my times and it’s all really kicked off from there.” 

Stanley does have his sights set on one day being a trainer, but for now, he wants to outride his claim and make his mark on the western and central district racing scenes as a jockey. 

“I do want to train eventually, but It would be beautiful to outride my claim and that’s what I’ll be trying to do,” Stanley said. 

All eyes will be on Stanley and The Long Run tomorrow, when the $11 chance jumps from gate four in the 1600m feature event.