Teighan Worsnop hits the ground running after Taree move

Teighan Worsnop wins on the Glen Milligan-trained Santatime at Taree on Tuesday. Image: Manning Valley Race Club.

Teighan Worsnop has hit the ground running following a move from Albury to Taree.

Joining the Glen Milligan yard, the 24-year-old won on her first ride for the new stable after being given a chance on Santatime ($3.80) in the 1600m Maiden Plate at Taree on Tuesday. 

Travelling three wide after commencing moderately from gate ten, Worsnop kept the three-year-old comfortable before emerging with a four-wide run into the home straight. 

The Showtime gelding found the front and was strong through the line, winning by more than a length. 

It was a wonderful welcome to Mid-North Coast racing for the well-travelled apprentice.
“I arrived at lunchtime on Monday, so it only took me 24 hours to ride my first winner,” Wornsop laughed when chatting with NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“It’s awesome to get a result, and the weight is off the shoulders; getting that first win was a relief. 

“It just reminds me that I’ve come here for the right reason, and it gives me a lot of confidence.”

Wornsop’s move was a couple of months in the making, but Milligan recently pushed the go button in a bid to get Wornsop off on the right foot. 

“We’d been working on the move for a while, and a week ago, Glen called me and asked me if I could be here by this date,” Worsnop said. 

“He said he had a horse that he thought could win, and I went into the race not feeling anything and just keeping an open mind.

“There was pressure to win, but my thinking was that the horse has every chance, and if it wins, that’s great; If not, I’ve just got to give it my best go, and I didn’t want to put any extra pressure on myself.”

It was Wornsop’s 40th win of her career, and she said it is really important that she makes a good impression on new manager Nathan Daniels and the trainers in the Mid-North Coast and surrounding jurisdictions, who know nothing about her and what she is capable of. 

“By putting me on that horse, the plan was for me to get the job done, making Glen and Nathan’s job easier when it comes to getting me rides,” Worsnop said.

“It’s a good start, and I’m excited to be in a new area; I’d like to think it’s a new me.

“It’s now about dotting all my i’s and crossing all my t’s. I’m getting a chance with a good stable that will support me.

“I’ve got a good manager, and I seem to have my foot in the door for once. 

“I’ve always been open to chances, but I feel like, from the beginning of my career, I never got as many chances as other apprentices. 

“Now I’ve got my opportunity. I can’t whinge and complain, and I’ve got to make the most of it.”
Worsnop made a name for herself in the Southern Districts, winning the Tumut Mile, Tumut Cup, and Carrathool Cup, to name a few races, while enjoying success on popular Albury galloper Tough James.

With her family in the southern Districts and her partner working in Lake Cargelligo, it was a tough decision to uproot her life and leave her pop and respected Albury trainer, Garry Worsnop.

Still, the young apprentice said it was ‘now or never’ as she considers the next stage of her apprenticeship and career. 

“Pop didn’t really say anything and was silent on the matter, but he watched me win and was really happy for me,” Worsnop said. 

“It was hard leaving because I’m one that doesn’t usually put myself first, and I’m always thinking about others.

“I know there are people in Albury that will struggle without me, but at the end of the day, I was letting myself down if I didn’t take this opportunity.”

Worsnop will be in action again next Tuesday, with Taree set to host a seven-race program. 

“I’m not too sure where I will ride next, but I am definitely riding at Taree again next week,” Worsnop said. 

“Glen has got a few more rides, and Santatime is going to back up again, which is exciting.”

To book Teighan Worsnop for rides, trainers can contact Nathan Daniels on 0408 693 372.