By Julieanne Horsman
Rachael Murray has became the first female jockey in history to ride 100 NSW winners in one season with a thrilling victory at Tamworth this afternoon.
The 27-year-old chalked up her century aboard Petrossian in the FSDP Winter Dash, pinching the race from Fickle Folly in a photo finish. “It’s an amazing feeling and I was so happy to reach this milestone on one of my favourite horses,” Murray said.
“Paul (trainer) and my manager have been so supportive.
“I’m grateful for all the trainers and owners who have given me the opportunity to ride for them.”
The win was as much a relief as it was a celebration with speculation of when Rachael would reach the magic number following her for weeks.
She got to 98 with a double at Parkes on 21st May and reached 99 a week later at Armidale aboard Princess Pattern, also for Paul Perry.
After that, she came painfully close to the 100 twice with second places at Taree and Cessnock.
“The 99 came up quickly but the 100 just seemed to not be happening,” Murray said. “I wanted it so badly.”
The previous record for the most number of wins by a female jockey in a season was held by Linda Meech who notched 87 victories in the 2006/07 season. Next was Winona Costin with 86 in 2014/15 and Kathy O’Hara with 83 in 2004/05.
Rachael is now equal fourth with Tim Clark in the NSW Jockey Premiership behind Jeff Penza on 114 wins, Brenton Avdulla on 109.5 and Greg Ryan on 101.
She has a chance to add to her win tally at Muswellbrook on Friday but tonight she is heading out to dinner with her friends to celebrate her outstanding achievement.