QLD jockey returns from injury and now targets a Cup win

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • QLD rider makes a successful return from injury and is now moving forward
QLD rider, Rachel Shred


After suffering a bad race fall in November last year, young apprentice Rachel Shred has recently returned to the track and is now totally focused on her future long and short-term goals.

At just 21, Shred is one of the youngest apprentices currently riding in North Queensland and was making her mark on the racing scene when it all came tumbling down in a non-TAB meeting at Cooktown (north of Cairns) on November 9.

She was riding her mount (Whinging Wife) in race four and “travelling well” when it all went wrong.

The horse just lost her footing and came down, bringing down two other runners in the process.

“Out of nowhere, it happened that quickly, all I saw was the grass” Shred said.

“All I remember was just sitting up, with the horse alongside of me, feeling fine and seeing the other jockeys on the ground and I thought, wow, I am lucky”.

“Then everything just started hurting and then I thought, Oh my God, I can’t breathe”.

Paramedics arrived and initially treated the fallen riders before they were all taken to hospital, and with that, the rest of the meeting had to be abandoned due to a lack of available ambulances.

Shred was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, and a broken wrist along with abrasions and bruising to her hip.

She went through the recovery process and not long after was back riding trackwork.

Her first race meeting back from injury was supposed to be at Innisfail on February 15, however that was abandoned due to the extreme heat conditions that day.

Her nerves were then stretched as she had to wait until February 20 where she made her return to the track at Townsville with two rides.

Her next appearance was on February 29 where she was booked to ride in four events at the Townsville meeting.

There, (along with three other rides) she was booked to ride the Janel Ryan-trained Space Time in the main race of the day with the seven-year-old gelding being one of her favourite horses.

Shred rides regular trackwork for the Ryan stable at Atherton and has a close association with the owners Ron and Janel Ryan.

Sent out a $1.70 favourite, Shred recovered from a bad start to record the biggest win of the day, where she scored by more than three lengths and covered the 1200m in 1:09.73 which was a solid effort on a Soft 6 surface after missing the jump.

Rachel Shred hits the line aboard Space Time


She has certainly stamped her mark with a successful return to the track and now has her sights set on her biggest goal of all.

“I really want to win a cup, I’ve never won a cup before”.

“Any cup, I just want to win a cup”.

So, with the winter carnivals now fast approaching, there may be an opportunity for this goal to become a reality for Shred (or Shredder as she is known locally).

Another goal on her plate is to win a second QLD Country Premiership, to match her 2018/2019 title that she claimed last season.

With so much time out of the saddle recently, she is reserved to the fact that it may not be possible this season, however there’s always 2020/2021 for the promising young rider.

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