Southam Set to Stay Put in the North
Kate Southam plans to continue riding in North Queensland when her contract expires in the coming weeks.
The ‘Golden Girl’ of the west arrived in the tropical north almost three months ago, on a three-month contract with Townsville trainer Carl Spry and since then she hasn’t looked back.
Southam started her riding career in Launceston and soon after made the move to Melbourne where she spent some time riding for the Mick Price stable.
The young rider then packed up again and crossed the Nullarbor where she gained valuable experience riding among the Perth hoops such as William Pike, Jade McNaught and current premiership leader, Chris Parnham.
But it was jockey Pat Carbery who Southam claims was the biggest inspiration behind her riding in the west whilst she was apprenticed to leading trainer, Simon Miller.
In August this year, the 27-year-old apprentice decided to try her luck on the east coast, and teamed-up with Spry.
She has tasted success on several occasions since arriving, the latest of those being the Innisfail Cup (run on Saturday, 17 October), where she rode the Sharlee D’Avila-trained Maquereau to victory as a $9 chance.
Her short-term goals are to keep improving in the saddle and stay healthy (after spending eight months of rehab, recovering from a full knee reconstruction as the result of a freak accident back in Perth).
Southam also has high level future plans which could see her head down south and return to capital city racing.
Her long-term goals are to eventually make her way to Brisbane where she hopes to ride winners in the big black-type races.
For now at least, the plan is clear, to stay Townsville-based where she has access to other tracks (such as Mackay, Cairns, Innisfail and Atherton) and make the odd trip down to Rockhampton.
We wish her every success.