By Julieanne Horsman
Winning a metropolitan race for the first time is an exciting milestone in every jockey’s career, but Kacie Adams had even more reasons to celebrate after piloting Another Snappy to victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Not only did she notch the achievement on her birthday, she did it on a horse mostly owned by her father and greatest supporter, Kevin.
He had driven 600km from Griffith to be there for the race.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, racing is a hard game and you need the support of your family and friends to survive,” Kacie Adams said.
“Dad is amazing. I talk to him every other day and he is always there for me.” At $51, Another Snappy was an outside chance in the Bowermans Office Furniture Mile, but Kacie knew he was better than the odds suggested.
The gelding shot out the gates and Kacie guided him forward before taking the lead at the 1100m.
That’s where he stayed for the rest of the race, holding off late challenges from Balmain Boy, Tatoosh, Quick Defence and Orcym Samto win by a head.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” Kacie said the morning after the race. “I’m happy and relieved but it doesn’t seem real.”
“Dad and I went out to dinner last night but I was in bed by 8:30. I get up too early for work to be out late.”
Trainer Bruce Cross, who is based at Warwick Farm, was full of praise for Kacie.
“The horse needed a good ride to win and she rode him really well,” he said.
“He’s a one-dimensional horse and while he isn’t the most brilliant, he is one of the toughest.”
Kacie was equally complimentary of Bruce.
“Bruce has done a lot of good work on this horse,” she said.
“He’s a hard horse to work and ride and Bruce does most of it. I come in to gallop him but full credit goes to Bruce.”
Another Snappy was unlucky to miss a place at his last start at Canterbury earlier this month. He came 5th with only .3 of a length separating 3rd, 4th and 5th.
He was due to race again at Canterbury last week, but with Kacie suspended, Bruce decided to wait until she was able to ride him and he’s glad he did.
“I’m so pleased for Kacie, she really deserves this,” he said.
“She puts in a lot of effort at track work and won’t leave until everyone’s horses have been worked.
“Her dad is great too. He’s kept this horse in work for her. It’s something special.”
Wednesday’s win wasn’t Kacie’s first on Another Snappy. She piloted him to victory three times in 2014 while she was living in Alice Springs.
“I went up north during my apprenticeship to get more experience and better opportunities,” she said.
Now Kacie balances track work in Sydney with her racing obligations.
“I just take each day as it comes,” she said. “Racing is one of those games where you always hope your tomorrow is a bit better than today.”