Kyle Wilson-Taylor ready to make his mark in the city after serving long suspension

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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