It has not taken Melbourne apprentice Jessica Eaton long
to land her first win in her three-week stint in Singapore.
Unplaced in two rides in her debut meeting on Friday, the 26-year-old made
no mistake in her first task of the afternoon at Kranji here today to score
on SNIP in the Class 4, Div 2 - 1000m handicap on the polytrack. It was the
seventh win for the Snippetson gelding.
has looked after me so well since Iíve been here and itís great my first
winner here was for him," said Eaton who is indentured to Daniel Meagher
while in Singapore. Her actual master back home is Daniel's brother Chris
who is based in Mornington.
Eaton is here on a new apprentice
jockey exchange programme between the Singapore Turf Club and Racing
Victoria. Leading Kranji apprentice jockey Simon Kok Wei Hoong will be
heading to Victoria during the December break.
Hailing from Gisborne South, north of Melbourne, Eaton
first became involved with horses as an event rider. Her first contact with
racing came when she rode trackwork for trainer Danny OíBrien at Flemington
and former Kranji trainer Mick Kent at Cranbourne, before deciding to become
a jockey when she was indentured to Caulfield trainer Mick Price in 2014.
She later transferred her indentures to the
father-daughter training partnership of Terry and Karina OíSullivan at
Stawell before moving to Chris Meagher last year.
A graduate of the Racing Victoria Apprentice Jockeys
Training Program, Eaton made her riding debut at Tatura on April 4, 2015
before riding her first winner MISS BURLESQUE three weeks later at Avoca on
Up till now, she has already rung up a total tally of 112
winners, with 14 of them coming at metropolitan level in Victoria, South
Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.