Former Toowoomba jockey Skye Bogenhuber is looking forward to her first WA meeting at Northam this afternoon as she embarks on the next phase of her career.
Bogenhuber commenced riding in New South Wales, but it has been Queensland and more specifically, Toowoomba, where she has made an indelible mark.
Bogenhuber created history by becoming the first female jockey to win the Toowoomba premiership in 2012-13, the first of five titles, a record not completed before.
She is also the first female rider to claim two of Toowoomba’s biggest and most prestigious races, the Weetwood Handicap and the Toowoomba Cup in 2013.
Bogenhuber, now aged 32, moved to Perth last month to reunite with her partner, Chris Nation, Perth Racing’s newly appointed Ascot and Belmont track manager.
Bogenhuber admits uprooting from a successful base in Queensland had been difficult, but said the challenge of riding interstate had come at a good time.
“It might end up being a good change and could improve my riding overall,” Bogenhuber said.
“I might have become a little stale in Toowoomba and this is a challenge I can take up.
“The weather is a lot warmer than Toowoomba and the people are friendly and accommodating.
“I understand I will have to start from scratch, but I’m prepared to put the hard work in.
“After a couple of weeks off I’m keen to get stuck into it and rapt with my opportunities.”
Bogenhuber can get off to a perfect start when she combines with top hope Friars Away in the opening race: the Racing Over the Scarp and beyond Maiden 1100m).
The Blackfriars gelding is looking to improve off his maiden start at Northam three weeks ago when he attacked the line strongly to run third to Bella’s Keeper, beaten ¾ of a length.
“I think he is a very good chance,” Said Bogenhuber.
“I did a gallop on him last week and he went really nice.
“I think Justine (Erkelens) has placed him in a nice race and he has raced at Northam before.
“He finishes off and should like the long track.
“It’s all up his alley really.”
Bogenhuber has picked up six rides at Kalgoorlie on Sunday: Smart As A Fox, Zuboyne, Poets Prince, Tiger Red, Cincinnati Boy and Mu Mu Land
The Neil Dellar-trained Tiger Red has claims on his run two starts back when he flashed home to finish a half-length third to Moment Of Pride.
“I have been lucky to get the support of trainers early on including Neil Dellar.
“I’ve watched a lot of Kalgoorlie races on TV and seems like a nice track to ride at.
“I will walk the track on Sunday and get a good look and feel for it then.
“I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait until I get there.”