Derbyshire claims milestone win at Gold Coast
RACING: For nearly two months, apprentice Jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire felt like she had a curse stuck on her.
She was stuck on 99 wins, one win away from her 100th milestone.
But the Gatton-based jockey broke her spell last Saturday riding Brenton Andrew-trained maiden filly Royal Hussy to victory at the Gold Coast on a heavy track.
Knowing she had just notched up her 100th win, Derbyshire, 23, said she was thrilled with the ride.
"I haven't had many rides at the Gold Coast. I've sort of been riding there on and off, so it was good to finally get it," Derbyshire said.
It was a day of firsts - Derbyshire's first win at the Gold Coast, along with Royal Hussy's first race and maiden victory.
"It was the horse's first start. It had rained a lot, and because it was her first start, we weren't sure if she'd handle the wet," Derbyshire said.
"It's a bit of an ask to have their first run on a heavy track."
Having ridden Royal Hussy throughout her track work training , Derbyshire said it was "pretty cool" to ride the filly in her debut race.
Derbyshire's first win was on July 30, 2011, in her maiden career race aboard Barry Gill's Noname.
"I was pretty stoked, because I'd put a lot of pressure on myself," she said.
Derbyshire has three more provincial wins before she loses her 3kg claim, and is aiming to apply for her mid-week metro
She'll take to the track on Tornadoes (Brenton Andrew) on Saturday in the Dalby Cannonball Handicap, the same race the gelding won in 2015.