Beaux Banovic-Edwards claimed her first Ascot winner when she guided High Tea to victory in the Hahn Superdry Handicap (1500m) on Wednesday.
For Banovic-Edwards, a 3kg claiming apprentice, it was her sixth win overall and first in the city after she commenced her apprenticeship at Pinjarra last August.
The 22-year-old gave High Tea a perfect run in the middle of the 11-horse field before the Saxon mare finished strongly in the straight.
Arriving with a well-timed run, High Tea chased down the leader Murray The Bulldog and at the post held a one length winning margin.
Hot Style rounded out the placings for an eye-catching third to frank his recent good form in Geraldton for trainer, Graeme Hammarquist.
“I’m over the moon,” Banovic Edwards said.
“It definitely boosts the confidence a fair bit.
“It’s what I needed I think.”
Banovic-Edwards is the daughter of former top trainer David Edwards and half-sister to Shane Edwards who prepared Guest Wing to win the Perth Cup in 2011.
Banovic-Edwards said despite her extensive family connection to racing, there was stiff resistance to her participating and joining the industry.
“Dad was against me being part of racing,” Banovic-Edwards said.
“I think he could see how difficult it is to make a mark.
“He had been through it and understands how tough it can be.
“But I think that just made me more determined to do it.
“Now that I’m involved he is supportive and wants me to get on with it.”
Banovic-Edwards converted her interest in racing to a career path after watching Prince of Penzance win the 2015 Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Like millions of fans across the world, Banovic-Edwards was inspired by the heroics of Michelle Payne, who became the first female rider to win Australia’s most famous race.
“Michelle was my inspiration to become a jockey,” Banovic-Edwards said.
“Before that I had never ridden a horse, it’s only been the last couple of years.”
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