Faithfull mother-daughter join forces for maiden outing

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

It will be a family affair at Narrogin Race and Pace tomorrow with Albany mother-and-daughter combination Sam and Natasha Faithfull teaming up for the first time.

After recently gaining her licence to train horses, Sam will saddle up her first-ever runners and they will be ridden by Natasha who has been a jockey since 2011.

Involvement in the industry at many levels, most recently as an owner, drove Sam’s passion to take up a trainers licence and just a couple of months on she will have three runners to kickstart her career in Narrogin. Meskhenet, Shugar Bel and Twisted Mountain make up the Faithfull team that will travel to Narrogin tomorrow on the bumper nine-race card, with Natasha coming down from her Perth base to ride the trio.

With a lovely property in Robinson to prepare her small team of horses, Sam said her excitement levels were high as she readied her first runners. “I’ve always been around horses and always had a love for them,” she said.

“I bought a couple and that gave me more interest in training them.

“It’s going to be a good day on Friday, mum and daughter together, I can’t wait. Some of my horses have a low rating so getting starts is hard but hopefully they can prove themselves this season.”

Sam has five horses in work and another four spelling, and labelled Shugar Bel and Twisted Mountain as each-way chances in their respective races tomorrow.

Natasha, who rode her first winner as an apprentice in Kalgoorlie, said it would be a big thrill to ride for her mum. “I’m really looking forward to being able to ride for Mum,” she said.

“It’s been a long and hard process to get her licence and she really does an amazing job with the horses so she deserves to be a trainer. People will realise that when they see how well presented the horses are.”

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