At Racewear Carousel we know there is so much to the racing industry and we realise that we would not have all the amazing Fashions on the Field events without the horses, trainers, jockeys, stable hands and everyone else who make up this massive industry world wide. So with that in mind we have decided to get to know a little bit more about someone who is deeply involved with racing in everyday life. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to sit down with one of Australia’s leading female jockeys, Clare Lindop.
Clare Lindop is definitely a house hold name around Australia for what she has achieved in her racing career, in fact, she has even been the answer to a question on the prime time, channel 9 hit show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.
Clare was one of the first female jockeys to be given a real chance in a very male driven industry and what she has achieved over the years should not be dismissed. Although very humble about it, she has led the way for many young ladies wanting to become a jockey. The amount of hard and long hours Clare puts into her career is phenomenal. Rain, hail or shine her dedication to her career is very clear and that’s why we chose to share with you this amazing “Featured Filly”.
Exalted Time 2006 Adelaide Cup – photo Credit Atkins Photography.
Q1. What is a standard day in the life of Clare Lindop?
As part of my work as a Jockey, I ride horses in their Track Work training at Morphettville Racecourse 5-6 mornings a week. I compete at the races about 3-4 times a week, travelling throughout SA at one of our 23 Racetracks.
Track work for me is a 5am start, getting home about 8am for a shower and off to the races for about an 11am start. On race days I’m not usually home until about 7pm so they are long days.
Q2. How do you feel about being a role model for other female jockeys?
I’m not sure that I am!! I do believe that my success has come through hard work and dedication though, and I hope that the younger jockeys see that, and that if you want to be successful that it’s not always roses!
Q3. Why do you think there has been such an increase of females becoming jockeys in the past few years?
I do believe that the opportunities for a young female rider to become an Apprentice Jockey have become easier from about the late 1990’s. Prior to that I don’t believe that our industry thought female riders would be able to handle the rigours of racing, and in the 80’s and early 90’s the female riders had a very tough time- only the strongest survived.
Q4. What’s your most memorable moment in racing?
So many to choose from! I have been race-riding for 20 years now, with over 1200 winners to my name. My biggest wins include the Adelaide Cup, the Goodwood Sprint, the SA Derby, the Gold Coast Magic Millions, but my win at Flemington on Rebel Raider in the VRC Derby in 2008 would have to be highlight.
Winning on Rebel Raider in the 2008 VRC Derby, Photo Credit Colin Bull
Q5. Do you normally get dressed up for the featured race days?
Yes- but I am also at work, so I try to go with a stylish but business like look.
Q6. Do you have a favourite local milliner and Designer?
I only occasionally wear hat to the races, as I wear a safety helmet all day! When I do pop on a headpiece, I like to use local milliner Melissa Barnes- Adorn Collection. My favourite dresses are from another local designer Liza Emanuele, but I also wear simple Cue or Ted Baker Dresses.
Q7. What is your fashion tip for people wanting to attend a day at the races?
Always bring a jacket for the end of the day. In the afternoon the sun is always warm, but by the end of the day as the Grandstand casts a shadow off the stands, it can get cool quickly.
Q8. What is the number one item you never leave home without on a race day?
My favourite saddle to ride in- A blue Japanese made saddle.
Q9.What race day do you look forward to the most on the racing calendar?
Adelaide Cup Day, closely followed by Goodwood Day.
Q10. What advice do you have for other young ladies out there who would like to become a jockey?
The most important thing is to enjoy working with and riding horses. When things get tough, I always find my love for horses helps me get through my work.
Feature Image: El Maze – photo by Lyndell Connor