Tamsin Gough makes winning debut in Condobolin Cup

Tamsin Gough guides The Enzo to victory in Saturday’s Condobolin Cup, which was run and won at Bathurst. Photo: Racing Photography.

Tamsin Gough made a memorable riding debut at the Condobolin Cup picnic meeting held at Bathurst on Saturday.

The 18-year-old took two rides on the program, and things didn’t start the best for the youngster, who was called into the steward’s room for going a tad wide when finishing third on the Roy McCabe-trained Just Ace in the 1100m Class One Handicap. 

Gough didn’t let that knock her confidence though, and she came out at her second-ever ride and won the Condobolin Cup aboard the Natasha Hall-Antonio trained The Enzo.

“It was a bit funny; I actually got called in (by the stewards) for being a bit wide with my first runner, but I found my spot in the second race just behind the two leaders, and one came off the fence and I thought to myself, ‘this horse can take that gap’, and I went for it and he felt like he was always going to win easy,” Gough said. 

Gough rides work for the Hall-Antonio team, and she was thrilled to guide the seven-year-old to his seventh win as the pair held off the Connie Greig-trained duo of Cheeky Nugget (Leandro Ribeiro) and Valadyium (Emily Waters) in the 1400m feature race.

“They are the loveliest people, and I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer to get my first winner for,” Gough said.

“I ride him of a morning, and he is lovely, and when I went across the post, I said to myself, ‘hang on, did I just do that’. It was such a good feeling to win my first race and to win a cup race.” 

Based in Muswellbrook as trackwork rider, Gough is thrilled to be race riding, and she explained how she got into the sport. 

“I always wanted to be a jockey, and mum and dad have been in racing since the early 2000s, and once I started trackwork, I got addicted to it and that’s all I ever wanted to do,” Gough said. 

“I started with Terry Evans at the start of 2020; I wanted to leave school and didn’t want to go to year 11 and 12, and he gave me a start and I learned the basics there, and then spent a little time with Dale Wagstaff.

“I wanted to move on as I wanted to work on a track, and he knew Tim McIntosh, and when I left there, they called me with a job three days later.

“I was with Tim for two years, and I wouldn’t be here without him, but recently I become a freelance trackwork rider.”

Gough has dreams of one day making the jump from the picnics to the professionals, and she is well-aware she has a lot of work to do between now and then. 

“The plan is to go pro, but I wanted to get experience at the picnics without worrying too much about my weight,” Gough said. 

“My weight is in the middle of the picnics and the professionals at the moment, so that’s the plan, and hopefully I can get a couple of seasons of experience and the weight drops off and I can go pro.”

Gough will be riding at Yass on Saturday, and she plans to get to most meetings on the NSW picnic calendar.

“I want to be at all of them,” Gough said.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted, and it’s taken a fair bit to get here, and there is a fair few hours involved with driving, but I plan to be at all of them.”

For trainers wanting to book the services of Tamsin Gough, they can contact her at tamsinn14@icloud.com or on 0475 841 819.

For all results from the Condobolin meeting at Bathurst readers can click here.