Tatura-based jockey Rochelle Adams is all smiles after riding her first winner at Merton on New Year's Day.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 8, 2014 4:15am
Rochelle Adams steers Chosen Place to her first win at Merton. Picture: Sharon Chapman/Fast Track Photography
Being a jockey is in the blood for Rochelle Adams.
Adams began riding officially in November and already has one win and six placings from 11 rides.
She scored her maiden win on New Year’s Day at Merton on Tatura trainer Cameron Halliwell’s Chosen Place in the fourth race over 1600
She also ran second in the Dederang Cup on Saturday on Stuart Hawkins’ Shot Of Blue.
The jockey gene seems to have skipped a generation, as Adams’ grandfather Kevin Richard Adams was a jockey in northern Queensland.
He died when Adams was quite young so never had the chance to see her ride, but she said his wife Joyce was ‘‘very proud of me’’.
The Mansfield-raised 23-year-old, who rode at pony club all her life, moved to Tatura about six years ago where she started riding trackwork for trainer Kevin Evans.
She still works for Evans and Halliwell, and the local support was important in gaining her qualification.
Her close relationship with the Halliwells made her debut win on Chosen Place that more special.
‘‘It was pretty special. It was pretty emotional between the trainer and his partner and myself, we’re all pretty close,’’ Adams said.
‘‘It really hit home to get a win for them, it makes it that much more special when it comes from home and one of the horses I ride every day. It was pretty amazing.’’
Her favourite horse ‘‘by far’’ was Evans’ eight-year-old Mr O’Postrophe, who she has not ridden in a race yet, but has trialled, and she said she enjoyed schooling him over hurdles.
‘‘It keeps me interested, getting up in the morning’s nothing if I get to jump Mister,’’ she said.
Halliwell’s Chunky is another favourite for Adams and she has already ridden the three-year-old filly to two seconds at Yea and Merton.
‘‘They all think she is slow, but I’m determined to prove them wrong and get a win on her,’’ she said.
‘‘She’s gone out for a spell now, but she’ll be back before the end of the season.’’
Adams said her next challenge was to connect with more trainers to get a few more rides and was grateful to Darren and Peter Stumpo for giving her a chance in the Merton Cup.
Her success in the country cups so far could help her cause, and she will hopefully get another chance on Saturday with Chosen Place nominated for the $4000 Healesville Cup.
Mayor joins campaign to encourage residents to attend public transport forum tomorrow.
Yarrawonga’s Bre Elliott played the most “consistent golf of her life” over three days to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills by carding a 2-under 69 on the final day.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
Police are preparing a report for the Coroner after a woman’s body was found near the Campaspe River in Runnymede yesterday afternoon.
ELMORE Primary school students and teachers were joined by Elmore RSL sub-branch representatives on Saturday for the planting of a Gallipoli oak.
Community workshop to consider issues to help form Campaspe digital strategy
Nagambie winery takes out the top gong at the annual James Halliday awards - and plans to make the most of it.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE’S senior citizens are celebrating the completion of renovations on the Senior Citizen’s Hall in High St.
Christmas came early for more than 150 people as the Cobram Football Netball Club hosted Christmas in July on Saturday night.
A pilot is believed to have been killed in a crash 40km from Deniliquin.
Riverine Plains is set to hold the first in its series of farm walks for the 2015 season as part of its research into stubble retained cropping systems.
The News magazines are online - read the high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.