Grafton jockey in training Leah Kilner has put the miles in the saddle and is almost ready to take up her apprentice license.
Grafton jockey in training Leah Kilner has put the miles in the saddle and is almost ready to take up her apprentice license. Caitlan Charles

Kilner's two times the glory on track

RACING: Grafton apprentice jockey Leah Kilner has continued her stellar start to a career in the saddle, notching her first winning double at Ballina Jockey Club on Friday.

It was a special day for the young jockey, who also piloted her first winner for her father Greg Kilner after running a couple of second placings for him earlier this month.

Riding New Zealand-bred 4YO Riva Encore, Kilner settled one off the fence on the tail of the lead pair before she balanced up on the home straight to kick clear and win by a neck over Our Boy Ben.

Then to cap off a stellar afternoon in the saddle, Kilner got home in the last for the man she won her first ride for - Terry McCarthy.

An emergency inclusion in the Benchmark 58, Kilner's mount My Cousin Rhett appreciated the rider's four-kilo weight claim as it shot to the lead.

The gelding held strong around the final turn before Kilner kicked hard down the straight to claim a three-and-a-half length win from Scott Henley runner Youngstown.

McCarthy was full of praise for the young jockey in the making.

"She rides well and she knows what she is doing,” he told Sky Thoroughbred Central.



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