WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Trainer Sally Taylor can’t get the smile off her face after Rednav won the Grafton Cup.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Trainer Sally Taylor can’t get the smile off her face after Rednav won the Grafton Cup. Adam Hourigan

Corindi trainer’s debut causes a stir

IN A staying race it’s not who’s leading the field the first time you go past the post, it’s where you are on the second passing that’s most important.

For Coffs Harbour trained Rednav, those words couldn’t be more true.

Leaving the straight for the first time in Thursday’s Grafton Cup, jockey Peter Graham had the Henrythenavigator gelding in last position but tucked in nicely on the rail.

But second time around it was to massive cheers as the five-year-old had caused a massive upset to edge out All Clear with Jumbo Prince and pre-race favourite Malice a further length behind.

It was an amazing result for a 23 year-old from Corindi who only became a licensed trainer in February this year.

Sally Taylor was amazed that she’d trained the winner of a Listed race so early in her career.

“To think I’m standing here after winning a Grafton Cup. I never thought this was possible,” she said.

She began in pony clubs as a 10 year-old and advanced to trackwork rider by the age of 14, and now she’s a trainer turning heads with her results.

Peter Wood, part owner of Rednav among other horses and proprietor of a Telstra Shop in Coffs Harbour where Taylor still works part-time was the biggest influence behind Taylor being a trainer.

“Peter said to me six months back to go and get a trainer’s license and he would give me some horses,” Taylor said.

The trainer reserved special praise for the jockey who came up with a ride the equal of or maybe even better than the he produced last week that saw the five year-old gelding salute in the Grafton Cup Prelude.

“I rode him quiet, had nice runs up to them and when we turned the corner he was travelling,” Graham said.

“I just had to keep my composure and we kept coming.”

Graham had special praise for the winning trainer.

“For such a young trainer Sally has done a really great job with this horse,” he said.

Taylor’s father Brian, a highly experienced horseman in his own right, was very proud of his daughter.

“It’s pretty emotional,” Mr Taylor said.

“This little girl started riding when she was two years old and she’s never been frightened of a horse.

“This is a fairytale story.”



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