It started as a holiday for Natasha Faithfull but it could lead to permanent relocation.
The diminutive jockey was planning on a short stay but is giving serious consideration to extending her stay in Queensland.
“I only packed for a week so it wasn’t my intention to stay beyond that.
“I followed a friend across but I’m thinking of staying a little longer.
“It’s probably not the best time to leave Perth with the provincials about to get in full swing but I don’t believe I was getting a lot of opportunities.
“I wasn’t unhappy but it’s probably a good time to start something different and explore new opportunities.
“I have no real plans but if I’m going to give it a go I would like to stay for at least six months.”
Faithfull, who started riding at a pony club and did show jumping in Albany, commenced her apprentice under the guidance of Steve Wolfe in 2012.
She took 30 rides to land her first win on Infinite Star at Kalgoorlie and landed her maiden city victory aboard Terminado at Belmont.
Faithfull was crowned Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Leading Regional Rider in 2014 and won the Carbine Club Of WA’s Damian Beckett award in 2013.
Last season she rode 68 winners from her 604 rides including 64 at provincial level and four in metropolitan company.
Faithfull has set up base in Deagon, the heart of Queensland racing, a 15 minute drive from Doomben.
She had her first taste of Queensland racing on Sunday when she partnered Answered at the Sunshine Coast.
“I only arrived three days before but it seems a really nice and relaxing environment,” said Faithfull.
“It’s early days but I’m starting to build networks with various trainers.”
RWWA: Julio Santarelli