Myers set for return to Australia Mon, 13 Aug 2012
Rosie Myers is awaiting notice from Queensland authorities to confirm her plans for an extended riding stint in Australia.
She has made application to complete her apprenticeship with Kelso Wood, having enjoyed a successful spell with the Eagle Farm trainer during the winter carnival.
“Provided I get my licence I’ll fly back there on Friday,” Myers said. “My apprenticeship finishes on January 1st next year and after that I’ll come back to ride in New Zealand.”
A natural lightweight, Myers began her riding career with Awapuni trainer Michael Breslin and quickly established herself on the domestic scene with more than 200 winners to her credit.
Seven of those were posted in Victoria earlier this year. Her subsequent Queensland loan period was rewarded with nine winners from 37 rides and made a believer of the veteran trainer Wood.
"I am, and always have been, anti-female jockeys, but this girl is simply outstanding," he said at the time. "She is as good as any apprentice jockey I have ever seen and that includes everyone. Not only is she a beautiful girl to work with, her attitude is exceptional. She is always the same.”
The 25-year-old has also tasted Group One success in the New Zealand Oaks with Midnight Oil and aboard stablemate Say No More in the Thorndon Mile and NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes. Say No More has since made the move to Queensland with trainer Paul Duncan, who is now based at Caloundra.
Myers said her two-kilogram claim in Australia had increased her opportunities, with leading trainers Rob Heathcote and Brian Smith also keen to use her services. “I’m really looking forward to going over,” she added.