“Shawn Grimsey offered me a job here in Queensland, and from there I relocated to Ian Wilson’s barn in Sydney. That’s where I learnt to drive and where I got my trials licence," she said.
“I’ve combined driving with my studies and work over the years and I think I've driven about 40 winners. I love it, but law is where I’m heading. Maybe one day I can do both and have a horse or two of my own."
She vividly recalls her first winning drive behind the Wilson trained Badewitz at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 19, 2015.
“I remember that day very clearly. I’ve always loved driving, but my studies are my main focus now. Hopefully this time next year I will be getting close to graduation. Here’s hoping," she said.
“I will stay in Brisbane because I have a good job here. My employers are really good about my driving. They give me time off when they can.".
Owen had more than two lengths to spare when winning races two and three last night.
She led from gate one with the Ultimate Ad and they cruised to a nice 2:08 (1:56.2 mile rate) victory for the 1780m mobile.
Then Owen and Spondooley drew awkwardly at seven in the third race. They settled three-deep on the markers before the passing lane opened up in the straight. They paced the 1780m mobile in 2:10.7 (mile rate 1:58.2).
It was Ultimate Ad and Spondooley's ninth and 23 wins respectively. The latter has raced a whopping 235 times.