Gun apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor returned from a lengthy suspension on Thursday with two winners from three rides at Ipswich but don’t call his six-week hiatus a holiday with the 21-year-old knuckling down during his time off.
While many elect to base their holidays around suspensions and kick the feet up for much of the time on the sidelines, Wilson-Taylor had itchy feet after days and opted to put in the hard yards instead.
After riding work each morning for his boss Lindsay Hatch, Wilson-Taylor spent much of his time travelling to country meetings to watch more racing.
“My girlfriend is a jockey and she has started riding in the provincials but she has to do big five-hour drives out to Roma and those sorts of places so I thought I would do my bit and be supportive,” he said.
“The break was OK for the first couple of weeks but I am the type of person that likes to keep ticking and likes to have goals.
“I like to have things I can look forward to and knock down. The first few weeks were OK then I got sick of it – the last four weeks were annoying.
“Every day I have been down there riding trackwork, I probably only had four or five days off.
The Toowoomba-based rider will make his first “proper” appearance in town on Saturday where he has six rides at Eagle Farm.
Kyle Wilson-Taylor has notched more than 100 winners this season. Picture: Nev MadsenSource:News Regional Media
With the end of the season just two weeks away, Wilson-Taylor said he is preparing to launch an attack on next season’s premiership where he is looking to best use his 3kg claim.
While Wilson-Taylor had his first Saturday metropolitan ride on Derby Day in May, Saturday marks a new beginning for the jockey who has racked up 106½ winners this season.
“We will start going into town more on a Saturday now, you might see me on a Wednesday for one or two, we just don’t want to go flat stick until next season,” he said.
“The timing has been right for a while now, we have wanted to time it perfectly because I want to win the premiership next season hopefully and we want to have as many winners with the claim as possible.
“I couldn’t be happier with my rides, I have good rides for good trainers so I couldn’t have asked for a better book for my first Saturday back.”
That book includes $3.70 chance Ef Troop for Tony Gollan, Cinquedea ($3.80) for Richard and Michael Freedman and Avowal ($4.80) for Hatch.
His arrival in town comes with big wraps from respected judges but Wilson-Taylor is keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Pressed on his achievement of notching up 100 winners this season, he simply responded: “It is good but you can always be better.”
Originally published asLong suspension no holiday for boom apprentice
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