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OTI Gazette | Issue 75

In this edition of the OTI Gazette, we have a chat to jockey Laura Lafferty, who was awarded the TAC Country Racing Victoria Apprentice of the Year in 2021.

We discuss the changing landscape of trainers and our runners, recap recent news, upcoming runners and introduce you to an exciting rising two-year-old filly trained by Sam & Anthony Freedman. All that and much more!

A CHAT WITH LAURA LAFFERTY

“I think consistency is key in all aspects, with communication and riding! It’s something I’ve struggled with. I’ve had to work on consistency in regards to my recovery and therefore riding well every day of the week. It’s like no job in the world. You are competing at an elite level every single day and you have to be at your best every single day. Mentally and physically.”


CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF TRAINERS

“While still in his 40’s, Australia’s top trainer, Chris Waller is the ‘old man’ of a group of young trainers who now provide Australian racing with a quality talent pool. Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace (at around 40 and 30) respectively are hot on the heels of Chris, but the quality young trainers do not stop there. James Cummings, Annabel Neasham, the Hayes lads, and many more are under 35.”