By Brad Gray
Deanne Panya has wasted no time getting back among the winners after a period on the sidelines and will leg aboard a number of key chances at Rosehill on Saturday.
“It’s good to get that confidence back straight away. My fitness has come back quickly it’s just the timing and the rhythm that is still getting there,” said Panya.
“With my time off I did a bit of mountain bike riding, which I was doing once a week, and plenty of drawing,” the talented artist explained.
Of her rides, Panya is looking forward to riding Moher for Godolphin in the Winx Hall Of Fame Handicap (1500m) with the four-year-old backing up quickly from the Scone Cup as well as reuniting with My Psychiatrist.
“Moher has been very consistent and is not far away from another win. He should be fit and ready now.”
“I haven’t ridden a lot for Godolphin but have here and there. It’s good to have their support.”
Panya is the last rider to have won on My Psychiatrist where, in her trademark style, she picked herself up off the canvas to win over this same track and trip.
My Psychiatrist winning for Panya last campaign
“She is a bit of tricky horse. You think she is gone but she’s not and still has plenty left. She gets going quite late so it’s an advantage that I know her.”
“She is hard work but I suppose that’s just her. You have to keep at her but she keeps responding. She is fit now so we can get stuck into her quite early and hope that she gets going. I’ll just ride her how she feels.”
Joe Pride has also engaged Panya for consistent gelding Painte and filly Once More A Lady who will be looking to bounce back from her last start failure.
“Painte is never far away. I trialled him at Warwick Farm on Monday and he gave me a good feel. It was only an easy trial just to have a gallop before the race but he did it all himself and he hit the line nicely.”
Painte's trial on Monday - May 15
“I don’t know what went wrong last start but before that (Once More A Lady) had always run good races and had never been far away either. She only has 51.5kg after my claim and she looks well placed.”
Given Panya’s knack of perfectly rating front-runners, it seems logical that she picks up a ride for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott yard with Panya booked to ride Chloe’s Comet.
“I rode her track work before she even started racing. She wasn’t that big back then but she has got plenty of speed.”
“It would be good to get more rides for Gai and she does like to go forward on her horses which suits me. I have ridden for her a couple of times before but she has her own apprentice which makes it hard.”
Meanwhile, expect to see vintage Panya on show when she rides Magnajoy and adopts 'catch me if you can' tactics.
“I rode her at Warwick Farm (last preparation) and she took herself forward. She likes to be rolling and not have her momentum stopped.”