High praise for Myers from Brisbane's in-form trainer Sat, 14 Jul 2012
Kelso Wood is a hardened horseman who learned his trade in an era when the idea of female jockeys was as far-fetched as Sunday racing.
So when Brisbane's in-form trainer of the current season declares a female apprentice the equal of any junior rider he's ever seen, it pays to take heed.
Wood made the statement after free-spirited Kiwi Rosie Myers produced a perfect front-running ride on his emerging sprinter Signified to win the A$45,000 Class 6 Handicap (1350m) at Doomben today.
"I am, and always have been, anti female jockeys, but this girl is simply outstanding," Wood said. "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.”
Myers is riding on loan to Wood for a month but the 25-year-old will follow her heart to Thailand on Thursday to meet her long-term partner William Fell for a holiday.
Wood has vowed to do everything in his power to keep Myers in Brisbane but the pint-sized apprentice indicated the power of love would probably win out.
"I know it’s a great opportunity for me to ride in Brisbane but we booked the holiday a long time ago and I will make my mind up when I get back," Myers said.
Myers said she had ridden almost 200 winners including six in Victoria when she rode there earlier this year and seven in Brisbane since she arrived on June 17.
Signified's win took Wood's tally of city winners this season to 29 including a Group One with stable star Sizzling in the TJ Smith Stakes and the veteran trainer said there were contributing factors to his outstanding run of success.
"It's easily the best season I have ever had," he said. "I have had nice horses but I have set them for the races and been patient.
"I never rush my horses, I let them tell me when they're fit and pick the races that will suit them."