Quilly Park interviews Moorooduc-based Clay Beasy on the highs and lows of life as a jockey.
How long have horses been a part of your life?
Since I was born, I’ve been riding since I was 4.
What got you started? Have you ever questioned your decision to become a jockey?
Racing is in our family. I did question whether I could become a jockey to start with as everyone said that I’d be too heavy. It just made me even more determined!
What’s a typical meal for you?
That would be fish and broccoli. I like flake best but it does get boring eating the same thing. Having an Italian background, I miss eating pasta and pizza the most. I do eat it sometimes, the last time was at the weekend.
What do you believe makes you different from your fellow jockeys?
Wasting so hard makes me hungry for winners!
What are the biggest highlights of your career so far?
Riding my first winner for my grandfather on The Best on Australia Day at Balnarring a few years ago.
Winning the most improved award a couple of years ago was amazing. I rode out my claim in my first season which meant that I had less weight to lose.
What’s been your biggest challenge in your career so far?
Definitely weight! To manage it I eat healthily.
I got stood down in my first ride and couldn’t claim. They wouldn’t let me ride until I got my weight down to 60kgs. I was really proud of myself when I did and I’ve been managing my weight ever since.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?
Not to worry about anything and not to overthink things.
What are you looking forward to this coming season?
I’m really looking forward to riding Immortal Fire and Crimestopper, it would be amazing to win some of the cups for Quilly Park.
How has your grandfather inspired you?
He’s always been truthful, honest and had faith in me. I’ve looked up to him since I was young and have learnt so much from him.
And your wider family?
My family are very supportive, they’re always there for me, give me encouragement and are really important to me.
What’s your ambition for the future?
I want to train, it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. It would make me really proud to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps.
It’s a great family day out, you can get closer to the action and its a better atmosphere at the picnics than on the professional racedays.
Photos courtesy of Naomi Seccombe Photography