Amateur jockey Emily Waters enjoyed a moment that will live with the young hoop for the rest of her life at the Duck Creek picnic races at Nyngan on Saturday.
Riding for her uncle Rodger Waters, Emily jumped aboard Kaipaki in the $6000 Nyngan Cup, and led all the way on the six-year-old over the 1250m journey, winning by more than five lengths in what was a dominant victory in front of nearly 5000 spectators.
Of those spectators, champion jockey Glen Boss was on hand, presenting the Duck Creek Cup to Waters and connections.
Rodger Waters, who more or less travelled to Nyngan with Kaipaki to give Emily the winning ride, said it was a special moment for everyone involved.
“It was absolutely fantastic, and really the smile on Emily’s face when she came back to scale was worth the trip and the deductions in the betting,” Waters laughed.
“Mont (Emily’s father) came, and it was a good day, and I said to Jane (Waters) this morning (Sunday), it’s not always about winning, and it was just a nice moment to enjoy.”
Kaipaki started the $2.90 favourite in the feature but following the late-scratching of early race-favourite Bandahara ($2.30), there was a 35c deduction.
“I didn’t see it happen, and it (Bandahara) did something, and threw the kid (Will Stanley), and he jumped back on and rode it around to the barriers, but it was scratched,” Waters said.
“We definitely were second favourite to start with and we did get $3, but there were some deductions.”
Despite the events prior to the running of the 2022 Duck Creek Cup, Rodger said Emily and Kaipaki were unfazed, with the pair leading throughout.
“He just landed in front, and she gave him a bit of a dig and he led all the way,” Waters said.
“He was two and half and three (lengths) in front at the 600m, and Emily took him out to the middle of the track, because everyone had told us it was really heavy on the fence, and we thought we better get out to the better going.
“Plus, two of the previous three winners came down the outside, so we did lose a bit of ground getting wide, and for 30 metres or so, it looked like something was going to pick her up, but only fleetingly, and the win was never in doubt quite honestly.”
By float, it is a six-hour trip from Wantabadgery to Nyngan, and Waters explained that the long trip was always on the cards for a variety of reasons.
“When I half hatched the plan, one reason we were going to Nyngan was because I thought we may have had enough time to get him into the (Picnic Champion Series) final at Coonamble, and I have since worked out we haven’t got enough time,” Waters said.
“The second reason being, is that I told Emily I would try and get her a winner, and we were running out of chances, and I thought why not, let’s go to Nyngan.”
The amateur jockey enjoyed a good day at Nyngan, riding a double, while also riding a second and two thirds from six rides.
Emily’s second win was on the Rodney Robb-trained Sons of Bourke in the 900m Picnic Trophy.
For Emily, the 23-year-old’s double at Duck Creek picnics caps off a remarkable season to date in the saddle.
The young hoop kicked off her career at Albury in October of last year, before breaking through for a winning double and cup win at Tullibigeal in March.
Emily also won the Bourke Cup back in April on the Rodney Robb-trained Knee Slapper, and with Saturday’s victory in the Duck Creek Cup, the Tumbarumba product has started 37 times, landing seven wins and winning three picnic cups in the process.