Jockey rides winner 15 days after giving birth
Jockey Lynsey Satherley didn’t plan to be race riding so soon after giving birth to a daughter 15 days ago – but it happened and she rocked punters with a longshot winner at Rotorua on Wednesday.
It was no big deal for Satherley, 25, who said she kept fit during her pregnancy riding horses at home – “just the quiet horses though, not the naughty ones”.
She felt in good enough shape after giving birth to Sophie Angela that she returned to track riding last week.
Satherley helps her husband Derek break in and pre-train horses at their Cambridge property. He also trains a few and one of them, Sandell, was running at the Rotorua meeting today.
“I was in no rush to return to race riding but it just happened that he didn’t have a rider for her and I was fit enough to ride,” Satherley said.
“And I was alerted by (fellow jockey) Trudy Thornton about the ride on Another Glance in the race after and I have ridden for her trainer, Diana Walker, lots of times.”
Sandell wasn’t placed, but Another Glance stormed home, paying $67.80 for the win.
“I was just fortunate that the horse handled the track, the credit has to go to Diana,” Satherley said.
Future riding engagements would depend on her baby, Satherley said.
“My little girl is my number one priority, but if things are close to home and she is not far behind, yes I will ride, but it all depends on her.”
Another Glance was Satherley’s 189th career win, including six Group or Listed victories.
She has been riding, mostly under her maiden name of Hofmann, since she was apprenticed to former Cambridge trainer Alan Jones as a 15-year-old.
“I’ve been an inch away from a Group One win and have ridden a few Group Twos,” she said.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing communications director Simon Cooper said he had not heard of anyone riding a horse at a race meeting so soon after giving birth.
“It’s not something we keep records about, but I would be surprised if it had happened anywhere in the world. It’s quite amazing,” he said.
Jockeys had to stop race and trials riding after their first trimester of pregnancy, but there were no restrictions on riding horses at home.
There were also no rules restricting women from when they could return to race riding after giving birth.