Apprentice Teagan Voorham rides first winner at Spreyton, then gets three more

RECORD BREAKER: Apprentice Teagan Voorham on Vandermeer, the first of her four winners at Spreyton on Sunday. Picture: Greg Mansfield
RECORD BREAKER: Apprentice Teagan Voorham on Vandermeer, the first of her four winners at Spreyton on Sunday. Picture: Greg Mansfield

Whitemore-based apprentice Teagan Voorham may have set an Australian record with her amazing four-win haul at Spreyton on Sunday.

The 21-year-old went into the meeting having never ridden a winner but broke her duck in the first race on Vandermeer.

If she was happy about that – and she certainly was – she was ecstatic by the end of the day after further success on Nielson, Secrets She Has and Rougeau.

Tasmanian Jockeys Association general manager Kevin Ring said he couldn’t recall an apprentice anywhere in Australia riding four winners on the day that they rode their first.

“I doubt that anyone has even ridden three,” he said.

Voorham’s luck was in all day. She actually fell from Secrets She Has after the post in race 8 but escaped injury and was able to take her ride in the last.

And that was a lucky ride in itself, as the gelding was to have been ridden by Ismail Toker but he had to leave early to catch a plane to Victoria.

Normally a senior jockey is replaced by a senior jockey by Voorham was the only rider available and her 4kg claim helped Rougeau to a long overdue win.

Voorham’s first win came in a three-horse race, with Vandermeer comfortably accounting for stablemates Wanaea and Lord Farquaad in the Benchmark 72 Handicap.

As is so often the case in a small field, the winner was the longest-priced runner.

“I was feeling pretty confident in the run sitting behind the leader,” Voorham said.

Although she didn’t have her first race ride until seven weeks ago, Voorham has been an apprentice for 12 months.

“I was born in New South Wales but I grew up in Launceston,” she said.

“I”ve been with (trainer) Nigel Schuuring since I started my apprenticeship.”

Voorham said she was “a natural lightweight” as she proved when she rode Secrets She Has at 50kg.


On a day of significant achievements, Longford trainer Paul Hill joined the party with his first double.

Hill won the Maiden Plate with former NSW gelding Sudden Shock, a $3000 bargain buy, and the Benchmark 62 Handicap with Toakio Tower who was backed from double-figure odds into $4.90.

Jason Maskiell scored his comeback win on Sudden Shock and Hayley McCarthy rode Toakio Tower.

Hill said a liking for the synthetic track and drop in class were the keys to Toakio Tower’s win, her first since January 2016.

“She can’t handle bog tracks but she has been going pretty well here and I thought this race was a lot easier than taking on horses like Spihro,” the trainer said.

McCarthy gave Toakio Tower a perfect run on the fence behind the leaders.