Jockey Kayla Nisbet is thrilled after Glad You Called saluted in Canberra on Friday. Photo: Graham Tidy
Apprentice jockey Kayla Nisbet was just half a length away from bringing up a running treble at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.
The Neil Osborne-trained Ready Fora Crownie was that margin behind Gorgeous Amelia in the Benchmark 60 Handicap (1000 metres) at the Canberra track yesterday, denying the young hoop a rare feat.
Instead she had to settle for a running double when she saluted on Glad You Called, trained by her father John, in the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m).
Glad You Called held the lead for most of the race, despite being forced wide by Spirit Soul, before kicking away up the home straight to win by three lengths from Layerline, with Stake Knife third.
Her first win for the day was on Raccoon, by a half neck from Mr Fox in a Maiden Plate (1000m).
John Nisbet said the main thing for young jockeys was getting a chance to prove themselves.
''She's riding plenty of winners, she's getting plenty of rides, which is the main thing. As long as they get rides they learn. She's going good. She's got a good attitude, she wants to learn,'' he said of his daughter.
''If they've got the right attitude and want to succeed they'll keep going.''
He said Glad You Called would return to Canberra for her next race, over 1300m, and he'd then look for something suitable in Sydney.