Tegan Harrison Jockey Of The Month November 2015
Jockey Of The Month - Tegan Harrison
Brisbane jockey Tegan Harrison is our BetsFree jockey of the month. Her ability to bounce back after a fall in the Sky Racing Maiden Plate at Ipswich yesterday and, then, one race later to score a win, clearly shows the resilience of jockeys; male and female.
Tegan was thrown from the back of Polskie Lady when the filly tightened and then stumbled. Recovering quickly from that potentially dangerous experience, she rode Urban Knight in the Schweppes Handicap to a very deserving win.
This win was Tegan Harrison’s fifty ninth nationally and thirty fifth in the Brisbane premiership this season. She is now second on the Brisbane jockey’s premiership table and has a good chance of becoming the very first female winner of this title. After Michelle Payne’s win in the Melbourne Cup, is this another example of women breaking through the glass ceiling in the racing industry?
Tegan Harrison began her apprenticeship with Bruce Hill at the Gold Coast. She spent some time in Mount Isa before establishing herself in Brisbane. Tegan had a break from racing to face a few mental demons with some professional help. In the 2011/12 season she was the leading apprentice and saluted more times than any apprentice jockey in the nation. Tegan rode sixty eight winners last year and is considered a regular top ten Brisbane jockey. Her association with recently retired champion Queensland sprinter Temple Of Boom, trained by Tony Gollan, saw them achieve the Group 2 Victory Stakes in 2014.
In the past twelve months, according to the stats, Tegan Harrison has earned over $150 000 and the horses she has ridden have won more than $3 million in prize money. Tegan has ridden with an eleven percent win rate and a place rate of twenty nine percent. The average winning odds on the winning horses she has ridden is $5.24.
This Saturday at Doomben Tegan Harrison has three rides for top trainer Tony Gollan, and a ride each for Bryan Guy and Stuart Kendrick. She has another five rides on Sunday at the Sunshine Coast meet.
Tegan Harrison is showing further assurance with every ride, and even the occasional fall will not deter her. She has the smarts and toughness to succeed in this previously male dominated business; and trainers and owners are expecting many more wins to come. Punters are losing their reluctance to back horses with female jockeys aboard, because they are putting the runs on the board. BetsFree congratulates our Jockey of the month Tegan Harrison.