Jockey makes it a treble at annual races
Horse racing: Jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire proved triumphant at the Eidsvold Races with a triple win at the weekend.
Hailing from Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, Derbyshire began horse riding as a young kid and said she was the only one who took up the sport.
"I began riding horses since I was a kid but only got into racing horses in 2011,” she said.
"I moved around a bit, Gympie, Sunshine Coast and now Gatton.”
Ms Derbyshire paid tribute to the Eidsvold Race Course and said it was great to ride on.
"I think the committee does a great job and it's a great track,” she said.
"It's good to see the rain arrived for them on Friday night, delivering more than 50mms, you can see the grass is greener.
"I would like to race here again.”
There are several challenges jockey's face at the race course.
"The one biggest challenge is slow horses,” Derbyshire said.
"It's because you can't get off and carry it, 10% is how you ride it, 90% is the horse so if you receive a horse that isn't that fast or that good, it just won't work.
"It's about trying to get on a horse that can win, really.”
Derbyshire won on horses Lucky Larrikin, Rahdane and Wildebeast.
Asked about the wins, a humble Derbyshire said she didn't expect to win as the quality of horses at the races were top notch.
"I'm stoked, I wasn't expecting three winners but it's really good,” she said.
"I wouldn't want to win all the races, otherwise the girls wouldn't be too impressed.”
Derbyshire has an unusual technique to winning the races, but it seems to be working with the 25-year-old winning hundreds of races.
"I scream a lot,” Derbyshire said.
"I scream very loudly... you have to try and get the horses in the zone.
"You'd be surprised at the success rate of doing so.”
Derbyshire said it's been a lot of fun being a jockey and was the only one in the family who took up the sport.
"I was the random one in the family, I went to uni and bailed on uni to become a jockey so it worked out alright in the end,” she said.
"I track work for Brenton, my partner, helping with horses and the stables at Gatton and I race normally on a Saturday but I'm racing on Tuesday and when-ever I can get rides I will go.”
Derbyshire said she has won more than 150 races since she first entered in 2011.
Billie-Rose Derbyshire and her partner Brenton John Andrew are getting married in April and one of the races was a tribute to him.
"The third race win with Rahdane is for my partner Brenton who I'll be marrying in the next two months so it was a special win,” Derbyshire said.
"It was extra special as one of the owners of the horse came all the way from Newcastle to watch him so it was a fair trip.”
One of Derbyshire's favourite horses Charge Missile passed away a few months ago from colic and the wins were in tribute.