Warwick thrilled for pioneering Payne

Lucy Warwick at Ascot with galloper Koi Mac.Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d446295
Lucy Warwick at Ascot with galloper Koi Mac.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d446295

It�s a stark contrast for the down-to-earth Harvey girl, who also spends time in Joondanna when at race meets and feels more comfortable in her racing silks than in designer get-up, but still she takes to the photo shoot with ease.

The 18-year-old, whose love for the majestic animals began early in life, is following in her family�s footsteps and taking it all in her stride.

When the race that stops the nation was won for the first time this year by a female jockey, when Michelle Payne rose Prince of Penzance to victory, Warwick was beating the boys at their own game too, winning two races at Ascot on the same day.

Having only become a jockey about two years ago, she has clocked up 196 wins, is a Perth Racing ambassador and the face of the Kingston Town Classic and couldn�t imagine doing anything else.

�I come from a racing family,� Warwick said.

�My whole family have been in racing their entire life.

�Both my grandad and his dad trained trotters, my dad was also a leading harness driver and trainer and won many races.

�My mum was a world-class showjumper at one stage and mum and dad now train racehorses.

�I really had no choice but to grow up in racing.�

With Michelle Payne hype at fever pitch, Warwick said she could not be happier for the 30-year-old.

She added that while she had never encountered sexism in the sport, it was good to see just as many women involved in racing these days.

�I�ve been pretty lucky through my career, I�ve never had any sexist comments,� she said.

�I�ve also never lost a ride due to me being a girl, but I�ve only been riding for two years.

�Michelle�s come from a different era and she has done it hard, she�s gone through all of that and she has made her mark.

�It�s great to see her succeeding and finally live out her dream.�

Warwick also had this advice for young women looking to take up the sport.

�Just go for it,� she said.

�It is obviously a male-dominated sport, or it has been for many years, but if you�re going to compete against the boys, you�ve got to be one of the boys.

�It is sort of intimidating when you start out, but if you want to be a jockey and you want to do it, you�ve just got to go hard for it.�