Family affair as Jessie Whipp rides first city winner

Apprentice Jessie Whipp’s first city winner gave rise to a family celebration when the 21-year-old steered Bestwick’s Best to victory at Canterbury yesterday.

Whipp, who hails from Moruya on the NSW south coast, rode the John Law-trained mare while her brother Greg strapped the four-year-old.

Jessie Whipp

She is indentured to her trainer brother Matt and described the win as her biggest thrill so far in racing.

“I’m pretty excited, it’s a very big thrill,” Whipp said.

“I’ve had a couple of placings in town before but it’s great to get the win.

“The horse travelled really nicely but the winning post couldn’t come soon enough.”

Bestwick’s Best travelled just behind the leaders and Whipp made her move in the straight with Kylie giving chase.

Just when it looked as if Kylie would get the upper hand, Bestwick’s Best raised another effort to hold her off by a half-head.

“She is a lovely young rider, beautifully balanced and rode her a treat,” Law said.

“It is wonderful too because it is the owner Noelene Bestwick’s first horse and is named after her.”

Bestwick was as excited as her young rider.

“It is wonderful, it’s such a thrill,” she said.

Whipp said she and her brothers had been around horses all their lives but their parents were not involved.

“It’s just us kids,” she said.

“I’ve always ridden and this is great because we all do it together.”
By Caryl Williamson