Morrison creates Ramornie history

By TONY WHITE twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

TOOWOOMBA-based jockey Lacey Morrison, born in the tiny Queensland township of Taroom, yesterday became the first female jockey to ride the winner of the Ramornie Handicap, first run in 1917.

The petite 22-year-old was only booked for the ride by winning trainer Mitchell Hudson on Saturday.

"I was in Mackay riding at the carnival and Mr Hudson asked me to ride him," Morrison said. "I didn't know I was the first female to ride a winner of the race, but this is a huge thrill for me. It's excellent."

Morrison only returned to the saddle three months ago after suffering a broken kneecap last December when a horse lashed out at trackwork.

Prior to that, she was sidelined for many months when she suffered squashed vertebrae following a bad race fall.

And her partner of three years, jockey Justin Stanley, is currently hospitalised with serious injuries after another race fall.

"I've had a bad run, but hopefully all that (the injuries) are behind me now," she said.

"I've ridden at Grafton before, but this is my biggest win. He (For Valour) really motored home."

Morrison, who did her apprenticeship with Russell Kirwin and was a star apprentice in Brisbane, has a strong family racing background.

Her grandfather, Alec Morrison, was a leading trainer at Toowoomba and her father, John, an amateur jockey.

"I was always going to be involved in racing," she said.



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