Timson leaves CQ
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER Gladstone jockey Lucy Timson is looking forward to some "quality time off'' after deciding to move to New South Wales.
Timson, one of the region's best hoops leaves Central Queensland today after partner Shane Brown, a Rockhampton-based trainer scored a position at a gold mine in West Wyalong.
Even though it means her riding career is put on hold, Timson is looking forward to a new lifestyle on offer in New South Wales.
"I can't wait to go actually, it is a very exciting time for both Shane and I,'' Timson said.
"Shane's job makes it better for us financially and as the racing gets harder here, now is probably the perfect time to leave.''
At this stage, Timson will take a well-earned break from the daily grind of racing and wait to see what happens.
"I am looking forward to taking a break, I haven't had a real good one for a while.
"As for getting back riding, I will probably have to wait and see how I am feeling after a little while.
"The closest racing is at Forbes and Wagga Wagga which are both about 100 kilometres away, so if I want to get into racing the options are there,'' she said.
Any trainers based around the Riverina should take an interest in Timson's arrival.
Her announcement was a shock to many in Rockhampton racing, where Timson has been a popular person.
The classy hoop has 214 wins to her credit in an impressive career, with the major highlight being the 2002 Gladstone Newmarket victory on My King.
Timson said she would miss riding in front of her family and friends at Ferguson Park.
"Mum and Dad live in Gladstone and I always love coming down to Ferguson Park to ride in front of them.