DUBBO reinswoman Jacqui Ingham has one motto in life…“don’t give up”
After 171 attempts the 23-year-old drove her first winner with Roseuponher in the third HRNSW Rewards Series Pace heat at Parkes.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Ingham said. “I went over the line and thought to myself I actually won that.
“We just got marginally beat the week before.”
Roseuponher also notched her maiden win at her 27th start, having run seven placings.
You Light My Fire provided Ingham with her initial training win last February when successful at Tamworth, with Roseuponher the second, but the thrill of driving the winner was overwhelming.
“I was very excited with the win at Tamworth,” Ingham said. “This win being the trainer and driver was more exciting, especially my first as a driver.
“I think everyone was in tears. I could hear them when I came back to scale…everyone was very emotional.”
Ingham came into harness racing courtesy of her grandfather Lex Bramble who had two runners engaged in the same race – On Angels Wings and Tarnished.
“My grandfather forgot to look where his own horses were when he saw me hit the front,” Ingham said.
Aside from the harness racing Ingham is undertaking study in an Animal Science Degree with Wagga CSU.
“I only have 18 months to go – nearly done,” Ingham, said. “I have mainly done equine subjects so it depends on what field I would like to chose, but I know I will pretty much be working with horses.
“I have just done a 10-day working placement with Nathan and Angela Hurst at Bathurst and this week I will begin another 10-day placement at Poledale, which is a Shorthorn Stud at Dubbo.”
As for Roseuponher, she led throughout from barrier four to score by a metre from Tulhurst Terror, with Lotta Laughs five-and-a-half metres away third.
Although it all worked to plan as the daughter of Modern Art rated 2:01 over 1660 metres, Ingham admits she became nervous turning into the home straight.
“I was surprised as I knew she had good gate speed and when we got across the three horse I thought I would cross to the front,” Ingham said. “It took a while for the field to catch me which was a bit of a shock.
“I saw everything coming at me and when we got into the clear she got a bit lazy. When I was watching the replay, she actually had turned her head and saw Tulhurst Terror coming and picked the bit up again.
“The mare seems to be hitting the mark well. She is a sister to Lochinvar Art so she has got some ability.”
Lochinvar Art finished second to Muscle Factory in the running of the Club Menangle Simpson Memorial at Menangle last week.
With horse and driver now having tasted success Ingham revealed there is a bottle a champagne to be opened.
“Michael Brown brought it (champagne) for my 21st birthday and I said I wouldn’t open it until I had my first winner – I am sure it will be opened this weekend,” Ingham declared.
Roseuponher was purchased by Menangle Board Director Michael Brown and is raced by his daughter Charonne in partnership with Ingham.