Curtis aboard Ollie for Cup

SARAH Curtis is prepared for the biggest ride of her young racing career when she partners Ollie Vollie in today’s $15,000 John Carlton Cup (1200m) at Grafton.

The 24-year-old apprentice has been apprenticed for about 18 months and race riding for about six. She’s ridden five winners from her 41 race rides so far and has just lost her 4kg claim. Ollie Vollie is a 7-2 favourite for today’s John Carlton Cup and Curtis is eagerly awaiting the chance to showcase her blossoming riding skills.

“It’s my biggest ace so far,” she said.

“I rode him in the Shorts (at Inverell) . He ran second there and carried a big weight.

“He’s been working well though.”

Originally from Inverell, Curtis started riding when she was “about nine” and progressed from pony club through to showjumping and eventing.

“I never thought I’d ever be a jockey,” she laughed.

However, now she is, she wouldn’t trade it for any other occupation.

“Love it,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work and early mornings and long days but you wouldn’t do it unless you loved it. This is also my first time at the Grafton carnival and that’s very exciting too. Just good to be able to go over there and ride.”

Ollie Vollie has 62kg and with Curtis’ 3kg claim drops to 59kg for a race he will start from an inside barrier (5).

“He has drawn well,” said his Tamworth trainer Sue Grills.

“But he does have the big weight and he’s never been a horse to carry big weight. If you have a look all his wins have been down in the weights.”

As for Curtis, Grills has no qualms about putting her on.

“She rides well,” she said. “Especially for the limited rides she’s had.”

Grills also starts Leunig in today’s other feature race, the $15,000 Westlawn Finance Grafton Cup Prelude (2106m). He’s her first stayer and she’s excited about his potential although a Grafton Cup isn’t a real possibility at this stage.



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