CANBERRA trainer John Nisbet will take great pride as his 18-year-old daughter Kayla rides Snappy Diamond in the Inglis Classic at Rosehill on Saturday, even if she wasn’t his first choice.
Co-owner Geoff Coady, who also has the David Pfieffer-trained debutante Racingfor Diamonds, made the decision easy for Nisbet when he hesitated about giving his daughter the ride on the juvenile.
“We were going to get a Sydney jockey but by the time we were booking one, there were only apprentices left,” Nisbet said. “Geoff just said, ‘Put Kayla on, she knows the horse and rides well,’ when I told him what the options were.
”It is great to have her on the filly and it makes it special for the family.”
Nisbet is under no illusions about the difficult job in front of Snappy Diamond, a $51 chance which ran third at Wagga at her only start.
“I was [a] bit worried we were right out of our grade but she has better form than a couple of them in the race,” Nisbet said. “We’re hoping she can get a good position and can beat a few home, I know Kayla will do that. She is a very calm [rider] and has been to Sydney to ride a couple of times before. She won’t be worrying about riding in a race like this.”
Nisbet rode successfully before taking up training, and his daughter was always going down the same path. She is only a handful of winners from outriding her country claim, with 74 winners in her career.
“From day one, this is what she wanted to do,” Nisbet said. “There are worse jobs for young people than riding. The rewards are big. She left school and has been very dedicated to it and has ridden her share of winners.”
The Inglis Classic will be the biggest race Kayla has ridden in but her father believes it is not such a big deal for him.
“Money-wise it is a big race but it is restricted to horses from that sale, so I don’t look on it as a big race,” Nisbet said. “For Kayla, it would be the biggest race she has ridden in but she has shown she can mix it, so I’m sure she will ride a good race.”
There has been plenty of early betting moves in the Inglis Classic with the favourite, Fuerza, firming from $3.20 in to $3.10 after solid support. Gold Coast gelding Cannyzing and Maribyrnong Plate winner Direct Charge have also tightened. Cannyzing has trimmed from $16 in to $14 after a bet of $500 each way, while Direct Charge is $11 in to $8.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.