By Brad Gray
Nineteen-year-old apprentice Andrew Adkins will ride in his first Group One race on Saturday at Rosehill when he maintains his association with Daysee Doom in the Coolmore Classic.
Indentured to Ron Quinton, who has mastered the likes of Hugh Bowman, Mitch Bell and more recently, Sam Clipperton, Adkins says it would be a “dream come true” if he was to salute on Daysee Doom for Quinton.
“Ron has always had faith in me so to ride your first Group One winner for your boss who has stuck by you would be absolutely enormous. It’d be a great thrill and a dream come true,” said Adkins.
“It was a Group Two win the other week (In Her Time) and to get a ride in the Group One is even better, so I’m stoked.”
Daysee Doom will tackle the Coolmore second-up after running third in the Group Two Millie Fox Stakes in what was an encouraging return.
Daysee Doom's first-up run
“Her run was very tough. It was 1300m first-up, on a heavy track and in a Group Two. She held her ground well and was only beaten a lip for second. I think she has come back stronger for sure,” said Adkins.
“I gave her a trial on Tuesday morning and she felt primed ready to go. It was just to get a little more fitness under her belt stepping out to 1500m. She felt great to me and worked to the line beautifully.”
Daysee Doom's trial - 7 March
Adkins didn't want to become a jockey until his early teens however the racing blood was running through his veins from as soon as he could walk.
“I’ve been around horses all my life with my Dad being a curator and a jockey himself. I lived opposite the racecourse since I was a one-year-old and next door to me was jockey Peter Graham so I was always around it and going to the races from a young age.”
“I never started working with the horses until I was thirteen or fourteen though.
“I wandered over and started doing boxes before and after school and then started riding trackwork before school and do the afternoon work as soon as school was over.
"And it's all rolled along from there.”
Adkins has six other rides on the Rosehill card including All Too Huiying, a half brother to Happy Trails, in the Group Three Pago Pago Stakes and the speedy Zalady’s Night Out in the Group Three Maurice McCarten Stakes.