Trainer Michael Lane believes confidence has been the key to Kyra Yuill’s resurgent form for this season.
After doubles at Narrogin on Saturday and Bunbury yesterday (Sunday), Yuill is currently Western Australia’s leading provincial rider with 36 wins, one clear of William Pike.
Lane and Yuill teamed up for a race-to-race double at Bunbury when We’ve Got Dreams continued her hot streak and Western Chant scored an upset victory.
Yuill and We‘ve Got Dreams, a promising Universal Ruler filly, combined for a winning hat trick after previous success at Albany and Ascot.
The three-year-old bounded to the front on jumping and ridden out strongly by Yuill she prevailed by a short-neck from Apollo.
Yuill also displayed strong hands when she lifted Western Chant to a stirring win over hot favourite Saturday Sun.
Lane is as pleased as anyone by Yuill’s strike rate, but hosed down any role he has played in her recent form.
The Bunbury-based horseman says it’s Yuill’s determination and work ethic that has shone through.
Yuill was a star apprentice and the toast of WA racing in 2012 when she became the first female rider to win the Perth Cup on Western Jewel.
But like scores of jockeys before her she found the transition from apprentice to senior rider a difficult transition and opportunities dried up.
Lane said Yuill is back riding with renewed confidence.
“She is going really, really good and has got her confidence back,” Lane told Tabradio.
“She has done it all herself and it’s great to see.
“It’s was pretty hard to give her rides in town a while ago, but she has got her confidence back.
“She has worked really hard and got herself back into it.
“I don’t think anyone doubted her ability and its credit to herself.
“She just lost confidence for one reason or another.
“I don’t know why that is because she was such a great apprentice.
“The rides stopped coming and you can doubt yourself a bit.
“That’s all I can put it down to.
“She is one of the toughest riders out there and a real horse girl.”