Apprentice jockey Ashleigh Borg’s passion for all things horses has seen her push through some setbacks to gain more notice in her chosen career path.
Borg has ridden three winners including Lady Chalfont who she will again partner in whatever race she contests at Friday’s Bathurst meeting.
Lady Chalfont is the emergency for the Schweppes Benchmark 65 (1208m), but is likely to start in the Allen and Barbara O’Connell Memorial Class 3 (1408m). Borg has a background in pony club and vaulting which sees riders complete gymnastics on horseback.
It’s little wonder why she loves life in the saddle and the adrenalin rush riding a thoroughbred at full speed can provide.
The 23-year-old is relatively new in terms of race riding experience and is keen to break through her four kilogram claim.
She suffered a race fall at Nowra last November which left her with a broken leg and put her out for a few months, but has been back doing what she loves with five rides since she returned in April.
“I have been riding for a little while and finish my apprenticeship in December,” she said.
“My boss Garry White has been very good to me making sure I’m safe and riding properly.
‘”He trains Lady Chalfont and also Sonata Song who I won two races on.”
Borg won races with Sonota Song in the middle of last year and had to wait until Hawkesbury this month to land her third winner on a heavy track at Hawkesbury.
Lady Chalfont is a daughter of Duporth and is raced by Hobartville Stud.
Borg feels the filly will again be competitive even though she has drawn barrier eight in the 12 horse field.
”The wider barrier is a probably a little bit of an advantage for her because she can be ridden a bit quieter,” she said.
“The 1400 metres is the easier of the two races and I expect her to run well.”
Lady Chalfont has won two of her past three starts – her other victory coming at Hawkesbury last month.
Borg has the build well suited to life as a jockey weighing only 44.5 kilograms making her one of the lightest apprentice jockeys around.
It’s a lifestyle she loves even though gaining notice and race rides can be difficult.
“You just have to do the best you can. Garry and some other trainers have been very good to me giving me a chance,” she added.