It was a day that dreams are made of for 21yo apprentice jockey Teagan Voorham at Devonport last Sunday.
Starting the day searching for a career first winner, she ended the day with four alongside her name.
Voorham started the day in the best way possible, winning the first race on Vandermeer. “That was just awesome,” Voorham said. ” I was told to roll from the 600 and he did it quite well.”
Her second winner was on smart sprinter Nielson for trainer Adam Trinder. “We went straight to the front, that’s how Adam wanted the horse ridden, crossed easily and won well”.
Two winners to her name, but Voorham’s appetite for success was far from satisfied.
Teagan’s next winner was another brilliant front running ride on Secret She Has in the feature of the day, the Distance Prelude. “She can be a tricky horse to ride so I went down and rode her trackwork, that helped a lot.”
A tumble just after the end of the race brought the youngster back to earth. “She put the brakes on and shied at something, it was harmless,” the young jockey explained.
Her fourth winner of the day was in the last, riding Rougeau for trainer Glenn Stevenson. “I only got that ride on Sunday morning because Ismail (Toker) had to leave the track early.”
And it was arguably the best ride of the day, from a wide barrier at the tricky 1350m starting point, Voorham got Rougeau into a perfect spot just behind the leaders before making her move around the home turn. “He travelled well and then came home really good.”
Voorham’s four winners on the day she rode her first is believed to be an Australian record. Tasmanian jockeys boss Kevin Ring said he couldn’t recall a feat like it.
Voorham was a relative late starter to horse racing, she began helping Larry and Marion Dalco at their stable about four years ago, she became an apprentice in June last year when she signed on with Whitemore trainer Nigel Schuuring.
A natural lightweight, Voorham can ride at 50 kilos and after last Sunday’s effort is only one win from having her apprentice allowance reduced from 4kg to 3kg. That however will have to wait as she will miss this week’s meeting due to a suspension incurred on August 6th.