Motherhood was the inspiration that drew jockey Peta Edwards away from racing. It was also the motivation that sparked her return.
That comeback reached its pinnacle at Belmont Park on Wednesday when Edwards celebrated her first metropolitan success.
Maximising a rare opportunity to ride in Perth, Edwards combined with the Barry Newnham-trained King Blitz in the Hahn Superdry Maiden (1300m).
“It feels great and the hard work is starting to pay off now,” Edwards said.
“When you have trainers like Barry who consistently put you on its rewarding to get a winner for them.”
Edwards bowed out of racing four-years ago and handed in her jockey silks.
For the Queensland-born hoop, who completed the final six months of her apprenticeship in Perth, her priorities had changed.
Edwards happily gave up her riding career and switched roles to become a full time mother to her two-year-old son Tatum.
“I just had to be a mum for a while,” Edwards said.
“Then when I decided to comeback I have had a bit of success.
“I wanted to get back so Tatum could see me ride.
“It’s been really good.”
King Blitz, who comfortably held out hot favourite True Image and Miss Unforgettable, took Edwards’ season tally to 23 wins, including 21 in the country and one in the provincial.
Edwards, who returned to riding in February, said she was confident of reaching her personal milestone after King Blitz ran a solid fourth to Colour Witness when on debut two weeks ago,
“I was confident after his Pinjarra run down the straight 1000m,” Edwards said.
“He couldn’t get clear running and when he did near the rail it was a bit too late.
“Today (Wednesday) over the 1300m I was more confident with him.
“He is still green and will improve immensely on that.”
Newnham, based in Geraldton, shares Edwards’ assessment on King Blitz and believes the rising five-year-old is destined for a bright future.
“He is a lovely horse,” Newnham said.
“I think you will see something when he gets over 2200m.
“There is not much of him, but he has a heart this bloke.”