Dodds smiles at maiden victory as a jockey
LACHLAN Dodds took six rides to break through with his maiden victory as a jockey, steering Schoorwin past the post in first place in race four at Ferguson Park on Saturday.
But the feeling for Dodds was more of relief than joy.
"It feels good to get off the mark," he said, exhaling deeply.
The win took a little while to settle in for the 23-year-old.
He became aware of what he had achieved by the reaction of his fellow jockeys at the weigh-in area, one veteran reminding him this only happens once.
"Smile, you will never get that chance again. Well done," Tracy O'Hara said.
And the Rockhampton jockey did smile, rewarded for his decision to become a race rider.
After eight years of riding track work, it is a just reward for Dodds while starting out his career.
He is under no illusions as to what it is going to take to make the change of pace work, prepared to ride country meets and work his way towards being a regular at Rockhampton.
He said he would be coming back to Gladstone as soon as possible.
He also wants another ride on Schoorwin, especially if the veteran horse returns to the sand of Ferguson Park.
Next time, he will have the knowledge he can win and the shaky feelings before the start will be minimised.
"I was just nervous because I knew the horse was a good horse," Dodds said.
"He is a good old horse; I was a passenger for a whole lot of that race. He is not three out of three in Gladstone."
Dodds had run three fourths and a third in his four races at Yeppoon and one in Gladstone before the win.