Emily Waters bounced back from a broken leg in the best possible fashion at Nyngan on Sunday, riding a winner at her first start back.
The amateur jockey teamed up with Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm, jumping aboard In The Road, and the pair ran away as comfortable winners in the 900m Class B Handicap.
“I originally went up there with three rides booked; two for Clint, and one in the second but the one in the second was scratched,” Waters said.
“I was thinking at the time that I’ve gone all this way for two rides, but the win made the trip worth it.
Waters touched on the timing of her injury, explaining she was just happy to be back riding on the NSW picnic circuit.
“When it happened, I was on the way to the track and riding with another horse, and he kicked out at my horse, and my knee got caught in the middle and I fractured the top of the tibia,” Waters said.
“It just happened so quickly and I instantly fell off the horse, and Spacky (Scott Spackman) took me to the hospital and I was lucky because it wasn’t a major break.
“It was painful in the beginning but I was able to get over it with no real repercussions, and if anything, I was lucky as it was good timing in the grand scheme of things, and I only missed one meeting.”
Waters originally travelled to Nyngan for two rides, but eventually had four mounts, picking up rides in the fifth and sixth events after fellow amateur jockey Michael Gray was dislodged by Hoffy’s Dream in the fourth race and unable to ride for the remainder of the meeting.
When asked what it was like to ride for one of the state’s leading country trainers in Lundhom, Waters was merely thankful for the opportunity.
“He was so generous giving me the chance to ride for him,” Waters said.
“Clint was lovely, and he knows his horses and he put me on, he told me what to do, and I can follow instructions a bit I guess and the horse was too good, and it was just good to get that win.”
It was an exciting day for Waters, with her boss Scott Spackman and fellow Tumbarumba jockey Molly Bourke combining for a win at Narrandera on Sunday, with Smokin’ Cod taking out the 1000m Maiden Handicap.
“My sister (Bridget Waters) came for the road trip, and she was on the sideline and I was riding at the exact same time as Smokin’ Cod was racing at Narrandera, and she was on the phone to Spacky and telling me how she went, and it was really good to see her get up,” Waters said.
The Tumbarumba product will be hoping the good form continues this weekend, with the 24-year-old travelling to Coonamble for a ride in the $50,000 Picnic Champion Series final.
Teaming up with Wagga trainer Doug Gorrel, Waters will hop aboard the well-fancied Georgian Court in the 1400m picnic-only final, and again, she was just happy to be given the opportunity.
“I have got a ride for Doug at this stage,” Waters said.
“There is a bit of a question mark with the weather and where it will be held but for the moment, I am riding Georgian Court.
“Considering it is my first season, it is a huge opportunity to get a run in the final and to be on a real chance is even better.”
Gorrell also has the Tumbarumba owned Would Be King nominated to race in the final, and the stable will be hoping the eight-year-old, which is equal 18th in the order of entry, will get a start in the rich final.
“It will be interesting to see when nominations come out and what jockeys go around, but Doug is hoping to get Would Be King in there too,” Waters said.