DOWN THE STRAIGHT: Cecily Eaton on Our Starlight (right) takes the lead during one of her 2015 races.
DOWN THE STRAIGHT: Cecily Eaton on Our Starlight (right) takes the lead during one of her 2015 races. Shirley Way

Cecily Eaton trading Roma for Rome

RACING: She may be riding in the Zonta Ladies Race Day this weekend, but jockey Cecily Eaton is trading Roma for Rome after being invited to the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference next week.

The Brisbane jockey, who was offered the opportunity to represent Australia overseas, will compete against nine other females in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship on May 29 in Capanelle, Italy.

Eaton was offered the opportunity from trainer Jay Randl, who has worked with the Australasian Arabian Racing Club.

“I was originally offered to ride in Beaudesert a few years ago, but I didn’t get to ride because of regulations on the day,” she said.

“Recently I was offered to ride in Italy in the upcoming race conference and I was thrilled to accept the offer.”

Despite never having looked at the scene of Arabian racing, Ms Eaton said she was over the moon to represent Australia at the international race.

“The feeling has sunk in but it’s still a funny feeling. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or get excited about the nomination,” she said.

“It’s a big honour to represent Australia and I feel very proud.

“I personally want professional jockeys to ride in events like these to boost their position in the race scene.”

But before she can make the rest of the Cinderella story come true, Ms Eaton will make another run in the Zonta Ladies Race Day this weekend.

“It’s a great experience coming out to Roma and doing it for a good cause. I’ve been out to Roma twice before for previous races and I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to trying to score a winner before shooting off to Rome.”

She extended her thanks to Nadine Frampton, who assisted with flights and organisation for the trip, and Jay Randle for the great opportunity.

“It’s like a dream come true – who gets offered that?” Ms Eaton said.

The Zonta Ladies Race Day begins noon Saturday.


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