Webster-Hawes is enjoying the ride of her life

 Eleanor Webster-Hawes piloted Cowboys Karma to a second straight win for Dubbo trainer Allan Gibson on Friday.
Eleanor Webster-Hawes piloted Cowboys Karma to a second straight win for Dubbo trainer Allan Gibson on Friday.

Eleanor Webster-Hawes will take her riding form to Warwick Farm next week when she links again with Dubbo Sprint winner Somebody. 

The Cowra-based jockey is in the form of her life having rode six wins from her past 17 mounts and is aiming to continue that form next Wednesday. 

Webster-Hawes admitted this stretch of form is the best she’s experienced since her riding days began at Dubbo under the tutelage of Peter Nestor. 

These days she has a strong association and rides track work three times a week for Don and Andrew Ryan at Bathurst – trainers of Somebody.

“I struck some form at the end of my apprenticeship but I’d say this is my best run,” Eleanor Webster-Hawes said.

After growing up in the Blue Mountains Webster-Hawes made the move to Dubbo before locating herself at Cowra.

She’s deferred studies this year to focus on her riding as she’s become booked more and more for rides among the region’s trainers.

She identifies her triumph on Somebody in the Dubbo Sprint on September 17 as the highlight of her recent form, not only because of the status of the race but because of the connections. 

”The people [Don and Andrew Ryan] who train it have stuck by me and they’re just wonderful people,” Webster-Hawes said.

“I go to Bathurst three days a week to ride track work. 

“It all fell into place on the day which was really good.

“It’s a whole family effort.

“It’s fantastic. They’ve been really good to me so to get a winner for them means a lot,” she said at the time.

Somebody is hoped to line-up at Warwick Farm next Wednesday and it will be Webster-Hawes in the saddle again.

It’s been about 10 years since she’s rode track work at the venue so it’s an occasion she’s looking forward to.

It’ll be Somebody’s second start this preparation, aiming for a seventh victory in start 16.

Webster-Hawes said the five-year-old mare doesn’t enjoy travelling but is confident the trainers will have her ready on race day.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Webster-Hawes said.

“She does’t travel well but they have a pony for her so that might settle her.”

Webster-Hawes has posted two doubles at Dubbo Turf Club during the past fortnight and also rode winners at Bathurst and Mudgee.

She was in action at Cootamundra on Sunday but missed the placings. 

Winning form

Dubbo, September 17 

Cowboys Karma


Bathurst, September 19


Dubbo, September 29


Cowboys Karma

Mudgee, September 30

Lady Amanda