Having made the move from Newcastle to Sydney and undergoing a two-week quarantine, apprentice jockey Louise Day emerged victorious on her first day back in the saddle.
Day steered home three-year-old filly Wandabaa, finishing strongly to edge out Space Boy by 0.2 lengths in the Ranvite Salkavite Handicap (1100 metres) at Kensington on Wednesday.
The Irish native hopes the recent relocation to the state capital, seeing her change zones from north to metropliton under coronavirus restrictions, continues to pay dividends.
"I dont know how much longer the regions will be going for jockeys, but it's been a little bit of a battle the last couple of weeks just to make sure my fitness was right and that I was ready to hit the ground running," Day told Sky Racing.
"Today's a good blow out for me, but hopefully onwards and upwards."
Day paid tribute to her boss and Wandabaa trainer Kris Lees, who remains based out of Broadmeadow.
"Massive thankyou to my boss Kris Lees," Day said.
"He's let me make the move down here and it was obviously very risky, but I'm just so thankful that he gave me the opportunity to do it and gave me a few rides my first day."
She was impressed by the run of Wandabaa.
"There was a lot of speed on paper so we said first up we were just going to ride her quiet today and let her do her best work late," Day said.
"Kris put her in an ideal race and I'd thought we'd run a nice second behind Space Boy, but she just keep picking them off all the way to the line."
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