By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IT MAY not have come in the fashion she would have liked but former Gladstone jockey Lucy Timson was thrilled to rack up her 200th career victory at Ferguson Park on Saturday.
Timson was awarded the win in the opening race of the day, the Class 2 Handicap over 1194m when Rockhampton apprentice Luke Dillon was disqualified for weighing in light after having guided Valhulla first past the post.
The win was Timson's 200, but she ensured she would have achieved the feat even without Dillon's misfortune when she won on Andy's Shadow in the second race, the QTIS Maiden Plate (1194m).
The second win added the gloss to the occasion for 27-year-old Timson, who is now based in Rockhampton where she partners trainer Shane Brown.
"I'll take the second win (on Saturday) as my 200th,'' Timson said after the final event on Saturday. I'm happy I achieved it in Gladstone where I won my first race and my 100th when I rode four winners in one day in 2002.''
One of her victories on that day, the Gladstone Newmarket on My King, ranks as one of her career highlights.
Timson, who first learnt her horsecraft as a junior member of the Calliope Pony Club, said Saturday's feat had made all the hardships she had endured worth it.
Having broken her wrist twice and suffered a nasty finger injury, Timson has had her resolve tested but said it was actually the first broken wrist, and not the second, which almost forced her out of the sport.
"When I broke my first arm it was a bit touch-and-go but after I broke it the second time I just got hungrier to come back and prove a point,'' Timson said.
Despite having proved her mettle since first starting as an apprentice in 1998, Timson said there were still those within the industry who considered females less capable than male jockeys.
Timson said she would enjoy proving them wrong as she focuses on reaching 300 victories.
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