TOP WEEK CONTINUES FOR BUDDING APPRENTICE

22
Oct

The stellar week for apprentice jockey Hannah Fitzgerald continued at Ascot on Wednesday when she recorded her maiden city success.

In a positive hands and heels riding display, Fitzgerald partnered $31 outsider Requisition to victory in the Mr’s Mac Handicap (1000m).

Fitzgerald’s first win at Ascot came just five days after she was named Trainee of the Year at the Perth Apprentice Awards last Friday.

Fitzgerald said she was thrilled to have secured a milestone metropolitan win.

“It means quite a lot and gives me confidence as well,” Fitzgerald told The Races WA.

“I feel like it’s the win you need to give you that push.”

Fitzgerald, from a pony club background, was granted permission to ride in races in June and is apprenticed to Pinjarra trainer, Brett Pope.

10 days after her riding debut on Duck Feet, Fitzgerald booted home her first winner on Jupiters Sun for trainer Glen Cortes at Carnarvon.

Fitzgerald said she’s received a lot of support since commencing her apprenticeship.

“I definitely always like to follow the jockeys that are in form,” Fitzgerald said.

“Lucy (Warwick) and Jade (McNaught) have been a big help.

“They always watch videos with me and Jade rides Brett’s horses as well.

“I’m getting to learn a lot from them.”

Fitzgerald said becoming a jockey had exceeded her expectations as she soaked up her exposure to racing.

“I’m enjoying it a lot and it’s more than I expected it to be,” Fitzgerald said.

“I’m improving as I go along, and it gets better every day.

“But I still have so much to learn and there is so much I have to improve on.

“You can definitely improve on everything.”

Fitzgerald believes she has a great opportunity to add a feature win to her CV when she combines with Andreini in the Elders Collie Cup (2000m) on Saturday.

From the yard of Darryn Pateman, the nine-year-old is chasing back-to-back wins after a dominant 3.5 length victory in the Moora Cup (1800m).

“I’m pretty excited and he should run a nice race again,” Fitzgerald said.

“He went super in the Moora Cup and I’m expecting him to go good again.”

Julio Santarelli