Father-daughter success for Fryes
Fathers get a lot of enjoyment from watching their children succeed, but for Danny Frye it's a little more special than most.
The Canterbury horseman is playing a strong hand in daughter Ashley's career as she makes a big impact on the South Island racing scene. And yesterday they combined for their second father-daughter trainer-jockey success at Riccarton when Western Warrior claimed the first race of the day.
The victory continued a golden run of form for Ashley, who has boomed her way into the racing scene this season, her first riding, claiming 11 winners already. "She certainly has started with a hiss and roar, but it's how she goes about it from here that will make her," Frye said.
"A lot of apprentice jockeys can have the same beginning to their careers that she has had but very few seem to go on with it.
"I think she will be one of the few. It's all about longevity in this game, and Ashley seems to have the desire and ability.
"She's maintaining her weight well and is riding exceptionally, and I have no problem in saying that even though I am her father."
The 17-year-old yesterday got Western Warrior to the line first at the Lord Of Warrior's third race day appearance.
Up against a small field, Frye held her nerve and saved the 4-year-old for one final dab at My Jungle Girl, who looked set to give Jamie Keast a perfect start to his thoroughbred training career.
But Frye had enough cards up her sleeve to play patient and when the gap came she surged her charge through the gap.
And while Western Warrior might not quite reach the heights that Frye promises to in the saddle, yesterday's win was no fluke.
"He's improved each time he has gone to the races, and I think he might keep improving."
Adding to the elation of the win was the fact trainer Frye owns a share in Western Warrior.