LEADING THE WAY: Murphy’s Coal Dust (Tay Williams) and Zapata Falls (Michael Murphy) compete for the lead in the Maranoa Regional Council Handicap.
LEADING THE WAY: Murphy’s Coal Dust (Tay Williams) and Zapata Falls (Michael Murphy) compete for the lead in the Maranoa Regional Council Handicap. Tom Gillespie

Taylor runs second at Roma Races weekend

RACING: TAY Williams was always destined to be a jockey.

The Sunshine Coast jockey enjoyed a bridesmaid Roma race meet, finishing with two second places and one third place out of six starts on the weekend.

Growing up with two parents as jockeys, Williams said she didn't have much choice in the matter.

"Mum and dad were always keen to see my involved in the industry, and I was always at the racecourse, so it was bound to happen," she said.

Female jockeys have become the focus of the nation after Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup earlier this month.

Williams said Payne's winning run at the Melbourne Cup had lifted the status of woman jockeys.

"I think if Michelle can win the Melbourne Cup, it shows that woman jockeys can match it with the men," she said.

Williams said she was completing her apprenticeship into her third year, under trainer Mick Mair at Caloundra.

"I'm really enjoying it so for, and just thankful for the opportunity to ride," she said.

Last season Taylor Williams rode 31 winners and so far this season has won 11 races.


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