Dec 21, 2018
Today we take a look at the early mornings behind each horse's race day preparation. Haylee Day is a trackwork rider for Peter and Paul Snowden and has been lucky enough to gain the ride on horses such as Russian Revolution and Pariah.
TDN: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get started in the industry?
Haylee: I grew up in Goulburn around harness racing and my first job with thoroughbreds was with Guy Walter where I learnt to ride track work at his Goulburn stable. I worked for Guy for three and a half years, before working for Kerry Parker for 18 months, before moving to Randwick to work for Team Snowden, where I have been for the last three years.
TDN: What’s been your biggest career highlight so far?
Haylee: When working for Guy Walter I started an apprentice license and was able to ride in trials. I’ve also been very fortunate to work with horses like Russian Revolution and Pariah.
TDN: What’s it like being able to work with such good horses every day?
Haylee: You really can’t compare it to anything when you can care for something that is so valuable and competes at the elite level all the time.
TDN: Who’s your favourite horse you’ve ever ridden?
Haylee: My all-time favourite would be Jacquinot Bay, but another horse that holds a place in my heart is Appearance.
TDN: What’s the toughest aspect of riding track work?
Haylee: It’s not an easy job, so there is definitely no one thing. The fact that you have to be motivated and ready to go at 4 am can sometimes be tough.
TDN: What’s your favourite part of riding?
Haylee: Being able to gallop an elite athlete is the best feeling ever, but also watching the horses grow and change and go on to win a race is massive as you know the huge amount of work that has gone into getting that horse to win that race.
TDN: Do you have any mentors you would say have really helped you along the way in your career?
Haylee: My Dad has definitely been my biggest supporter.
TDN: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to take up a career as a track work rider?
Hayley: Definitely give it a crack if its something you're interested in, the job satisfaction is huge and it's something that can allow you to travel all over the world.
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