She's done it! - Katelyn Mallyon outrides claim
Dec 30, 2015
Ellerton Zahra Racing apprentice Katelyn Mallyon won’t forget her win in the thebigscreencompany.com.au Plate (1600m) at Sandown in a hurry.
Mallyon steered Miss Cooper to an all the way success in the $40,000 event but the race will hold a special place in her heart after she outrode her apprentice claim with her 80th win.
Mallyon followed one of her greatest influences, Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, as the second female jockey to outride her claim in Victoria.
Adding a bit more of a thrill to Mallyon’s win was the fact the 21-year-old achieved her milestone win aboard an Ellerton Zahra Racing-trained runner.
"What a way to do it on one of my bosses' horses and for (Racing Victoria Chairman) David Moodie who has been a great supporter of mine throughout my whole career," Mallyon said.
"It's great to be following in the footsteps of Michelle. Hopefully I can go on to those heights and win a Melbourne Cup one day."
Mallyon returned from a foot injury with two winners remaining to outride her claim but she went winless for the best part of three weeks before her breakthrough victory at Sandown.
"I hadn't hit the panic button just yet because I've got a nice book of rides on the weekend," she said.
Simon Zahra, who trains inpartnership with Mathew Ellerton, said Mallyon had been a touch anxious to get the elusive final win but a pep talk after she was beaten at her last outing on Miss Cooper on December 9 lifted her spirits.
"To finally outride her claim is a great achievement in this game for women," Zahra said.
"I had a bit of a chat to her after her ride that Friday night and told her to ride naturally like you always have."
Congratulations to Katelyn on her tremendous success from all at Ellerton Zahra Racing.