Promising apprentice jockey Teagan Voorham cast aside a horror eight months out of the saddle, battling injury and surgery, to win on her first ride back when Extra Time ($5) stormed to victory at Morphettville on Saturday.
To the cheers of the handful of spectators on course, Voorham took charge of the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained runner on the turn to take out a 1200m Benchmark 72.
Cleared by stewards after the mandatory jumpouts and trials Voorham was confident of a good showing after her world caved in after a trackwork accident at Morphettville on December 6.
Breaking a leg which required surgery, the former Tasmanian resident also needed screws and a rod inserted to help her recover.
But those days were parked for a short time as Voorham lapped up the excitement of competing and winning at headquarters.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but it is so good to be back to ride a winner and for the Macdonald-Gluyas team,’’ Voorham said,
“The horse gave me a lovely ride. I just wanted to make sure I got everything right and to make sure I surrounded myself with the right people.
“I am feeling good at the moment and hoping to pick up as many rides as I can.’’
[email protected] is back with a bang!
In her first race ride since December 2020, she salutes aboard Extra Time for @MacdonaldRacing 👏 pic.twitter.com/Xa8jH7f2gh
Gluyas praised Voorham’s effort and dedication to get back in the saddle.
“She has worked so hard to get back. Her mindset has been outstanding the whole time,’’ Gluyas said.
“She wasn’t going to be starting today, she was hoping to start at the end of the month. But because of her positivity she got a clearance to ride sooner.’’
Voorham’s other ride for the day was also for the Macdonald-Gluyas team on Bred to Boss ($26) which ran eighth in the third race, a maiden.
The training combo brought up a double when Pimm’s Party proved too strong for a 1050m Benchmark 68.
Backing up her good recent trackwork the winner was well ridden by Jason Holder.
Extra Mile continued his consistent form by charging late to win the opening race over 1100m.
Ridden by Jake Toeroek and trained by Richard and Chantelle Jolly, the victor made it five wins and four placings from 16 starts.
Toeroek and the Jolly team brought up a double when debutant Hard to Explain won a 1200m maiden.
[email protected] Pimm’s Party runs on nicely with #STUBBY in the saddle 👊 pic.twitter.com/nrBZs8hHOY
Noname Lane’s durability was on show to win a 1600m Benchmark 78 for trainer Will Clarken and jockey Kayla Crowther.
Up in distance the victor has chalked up two wins and six placings from nine starts.
Todd Pannell, the usual rider of Noname Lane, didn’t have long to wait for his next winner when he piloted Melody Man to victory in the next race – a 1600m Benchmark 60.
Pannell brought up a double with Enchantingly in the final race, a first win metro win in South Australia, also for trainer and former jockey Scott Westover.
South Australian riding ranks also welcomed apprentice Ben Price to its team on Saturday for his first ride at a metropolitan meeting.
Price, brother of rising star Will, was on board All in War (trainer Ryan Balfour) which finished a gallant second behind Lohn Ranger in a one-metro winner over 1050m.
Tibetan, which ran fourth (Michael Hickmott) and Mutinous, ninth, (Travis Doudle) were Price’s other rides.
Grinzinger Star also shone at Quorn on Saturday, taking out the Cup for trainer Kylie McKerlie and jockey Alana Livesey.
Originally published asTeagan wastes no Time for comeback win
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