Teighan Worsnop chasing Boxing Day bliss at Tumut

Teighan Worsnop, pictured here with trainer Gino D’Altorio, is hoping to ride her first Tumut winner on Sunday. Photo: Daryl Duckworth Photography.

Apprentice jockey Teighan Worsnop grew up in Gundagai and Tumut, attending Tumut High School before moving to Albury to work with her pop, Garry Worsnop, eventually taking up a jockey’s apprenticeship. 

Prior to her move, the 21-year-old was into barrel racing and cutting, before eventually making the move to the thoroughbred industry.

On Boxing Day 2020, Worsnop rode in her first ever race at Albury, guiding Prototype to sixth in the 1175m Class One Handicap for Martin Stein. 

Over the past 12 months, Worsnop has joined the strong Phil Sweeney stable and has ridden four winners as she continues on her career in the racing industry.

“I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve since moved out to Jerilderie and I’m working under Phill Sweeney,” Worsnop said. 

“There has been a lot of learning curves. I haven’t outridden my four-kilo claim yet with four wins and I’m one more win away from getting there.

“Now, with a year under my belt, I am hoping to step up my game and ride a lot more winners.”

Worsnop will celebrate her first full year of riding at Tumut on Sunday, with the youngster boasting four good chances.

“I would love to get a win on Boxing Day in Tumut and outride my four-kilo claim,” Worsnop explained. 

“I have two nice rides for Georgie (Boucher) and one of them (Gwennybegg) ran a good third at Cooma last start.” 

The local product will also team up with her pop Garry Worsnop at Tumut when jumping aboard consistent sprinter, Tough James.

“Pop and I had planned for me to ride Tough James at Tumut or Albury,” Worsnop said. 

“When Georgie Boucher sent me a message and said she had three rides for me, we decided to go to Tumut.” 

Worsnop is yet to land her first Tumut winner but it’s not due to a lack of trying.

“I reckon I’ve been there for two or three race meetings and the first time I was ever there, I finished with three thirds,” Worsnop laughed. 

“I’ve won on Tough James before and at Tumut last season I ran a third on him.

“I would love to get a win at Tumut. It would mean the world to me.”

With a handful of chances, Worsnop said the barrier draws weren’t too kind to connections, but she explained that she enjoyed riding on the tighter country circuits. 

“Looking at my book and barriers, we haven’t had much luck with the draw, but I am hoping for a really lovely Boxing Day,” Worsnop said.  

“I actually don’t mind riding the little tracks like Tumut and Gundagai because I grew up in those areas and my family and friends that are still in the area can come down and watch me. 

“A couple of my friends have already messaged me and have been asking if tickets are available and they want to catch up afterwards. 

“It would be great to get a winner with everyone there.”

It shapes to be a massive day at Tumut Turf Club for not only Worsnop but the Tumut and surrounding community. 

Gates open at 11am and the first race jumps at 2pm.