Amateur jockey Julia Presits has kick-started her Australian riding career with a bang, riding two winners and a second in her only three rides to date.
Debuting at the Gosford Picnics at the The Entertainment Grounds, Presits was on song from her first ride and celebrated a very successful Melbourne Cup race day on Tuesday.
The Swedish hoop, who moved to Australia in January 2018, partnered with Natasha Hall Antonio in all three races, booting home Prospectors Helment in the 1600m Class B Handicap for her first ever winner.
Presits also rode home Shotchu to win in the 1200m Maiden Plate and went very close to her first ever Cup victory, finishing second aboard Lights of Como in the 1200m feature event.
Understandably, Presits was over the moon when winning on debut.
“It was great, I knew the horses I had rides on were a good chance but with my friends and partner there to watch me win my first race, it was the best feeling ever,” she said.
The hardworking stablehand and track work jockey originally spent time with David Pfieffer and Godolphin when arriving in Australia before settling in Sydney.
“I am currently riding with Jarrod Austin and have been enjoying my time getting to know people and the industry,” she said.
Although only just riding her first winner in Australia on Tuesday, the young horsewoman had previously tasted success in the Scandinavian region.
“I have ridden winners in Sweden and Norway and rode 80 starters for nine winners before coming to Australia,” she said.
“I also trained my own horses and some for my sister and had 17 winners as a trainer.”
Presits is currently in the process of applying for Australian residency, which means the young jockey can’t apply for a professional riding apprenticeship at this stage but is considering that possibility later down the track.
“Riding in the picnics is very similar to back home, it is a great chance to ride races and learn what is happening, especially if you don’t want to go professional straight away,” she said.
“Right now, I want to learn more about horse racing, get better and one day I might do my apprenticeship.”
Presits is keen to continue riding on the amateur circuit.
“I have already been asked to go to Bong Bong Picnic Race Club and I’m looking into more dates in the future,” she said.
“I can’t wait to get back out there.”
Presits expressed her interest in race riding throughout NSW and looks set to become a regular face on the NSW Approved Rider’s scene.