Eran Boyd Jockey Of The Month April 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Eran Boyd
Eran Boyd who has already claimed close to one and a half million dollars in prize money at the tender age of 23.
Photo Eran Boyd Winning On Statue Of Glory - Taken By Anna Jordsjo
With 99 first place wins we think that following Eran and her career should be a sure bet, with a 7% win rate and a 24% place rate.
What inspired you to become a jockey?
I have always wanted to be a jockey from as long as I can remember. My inspiration stemmed from a love of horses from a very young age and watching the races on TV. I knew it was what I wanted to do. I grew up educating and rehoming a few Off the track TB's and fell even more in love with the industry as I got to know it better.
What are the 3 highlights of your career so far?
Winning on old Periduki last year at Morphettville was certainly a highlight. Also Winning 2 heats of the National Apprentice Series last year, one at Ascot and one at Gawler. The third is not one of my biggest wins but certainly my most centimental highlight and that was riding a double in my hometown on Kangaroo Island a few years ago infront of friends and family. My parents had never seen me ride live before so it was very special.
If you weren't working as a jockey, what do you imagine you might be doing?
I would be a police officer.
Which are your favourite horses to ride?
I have many of whom my master John Macmillan trains. But some special horses of recent times have been Acid Flo, Miss Margarita, Daunting Dancer and Hazy Lane. Each mare has her quicks but they are all very similar in the way that they always give 100% and I love that.
Do you ever worry about the risks inherent in your work?
No I never worry, you can't. I think if you do it's time to hang up the boots. I've had some injuries and I am currently out with a broken collar bone, broken arm and 2 bulged discs in my back. I've also broken my leg in 3 places. I may be patched up with titanium plates, rods and screws but it hasn't put me off, I can't wait to get back out there!
What do you like doing in your downtime?
I own a 20-acre property outside Adelaide so I am usually pottering around outside, there's always something to do or fix! Keeps me busy.
What is most challenging about what you do?
I'm very competitive so being injured and having to be on the sidelines is very hard for me.
What's most rewarding?
You can't beat the thrill of winning a race. But I also love it when I'm able to have success on either a young or difficult horse that I've done a lot of work on, that's extremely rewarding as well.
What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
It's not for the faint hearted, you need a lot of dedication and a passion for the racing industry. Lots of hard work is involved but the rewards can be plentiful.
What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
I think a lot of people think that what we do as jockeys is easy. We cop a lot of flack sometimes for making certain decisions in races but it's not always easy when you're going 60km an hour on a 600kg animal with a mind of its own. We have to make split-second decisions and sometimes they may not always be the right ones.
What are your goals/dreams for the future?
For the time being my goal is to get back to race riding by June. I intend to be fitter and stronger than ever before. I've got a lot of time to get my strength back and I am looking forward to working on my style as well. My long term goal is to out-ride my metropolitan claim as an Apprentice and to be able to ride successfully as a senior jockey. Photo Eran's First Pony "Jasper".
Are you superstitious? Does the name of the horse affect your performance?
Not overly superstitious, although I do have lucky underwear!
Do you have your own horse and what is her or his name?
I have 3 horses who live with me on my property. Standard bred Zorro who I had from when I was 13, 2 ex race horses Dashagh And Owdatay, both were trained by Phil Cole. I won 3 races between them so they are very special to me.
Some parting words for your fans?
Keep riding, Keep smiling!
You can keep up with Eran Boyd by following her twitter account: twitter.com/EranWithAnA