Teen Frye shines on Babe
Seventeen-year-old apprentice Ashley Frye notched her third win in four days with success on Gallant Babe at Cromwell yesterday.
She is indentured to her father, Balcairn trainer Danny Frye, who was a professional jockey and occasionally competes in amateur rider races. Gallant Babe, who is trained by him, won the Buff Day Spa 1220m Maiden.
Ashley rode her first winner when partnering Howbaddouneedit to victory at Timaru on Thursday. Two races later at the South Canterbury meeting, she scored on Good Excuse.
''It's been awesome,'' she said of her three wins within a week.
The young rider left high school in November last year to work for her father. Danny Frye said his daughter was a relaxed rider.
''She sits naturally on a horse, rides very relaxed.''
Danny's fiancee, Kim Young, who has a background in the equestrian industry, has helped Ashley with advice on riding. Ashley was involved with pony club and show jumping activities earlier.
Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew is hoping to win his hometown cup with Honora Flynn. The Ascot Park administrator-trainer will map out a plan to have the O'Reilly mare peaking for the Invercargill Gold Cup in February.
She responded gamely for apprentice Alysha Tempelman to hold on and win yesterday's $8000 Wanaka Cup. It was her first start for eight months.
''We took a bone chip off one of her knees last season,'' Bellew said.
''She's more mature this season.''
- The Southland Times