Taylor scores first win in her young training career

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Albany trainer Holly Taylor with jockey Lucas Camilleri after Herbell's victory.
Camera IconAlbany trainer Holly Taylor with jockey Lucas Camilleri after Herbell's victory. Credit: Michelle Baldock/Western Racepix

After recently returning to her home town, Holly Taylor couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as she scored her first win as a horse trainer with Herbell in Albany on Friday afternoon.

The experienced horse breaker saddled up her sixth starter as a trainer at Percy Spencer Racecourse and Herbell delivered in spades as the mare hit the line strongly to defeat Mark My Card by half a length.

Taylor, who is back living in Albany after being in Perth for eight years, said it was a wonderful reward to train her first winner back home.

“It was definitely very exciting,” she said.

“To do it down here, I got back in December and will be down here for a few months.

“I only got my (trainer’s) licence in April last year and have only got the two horses in work.

“I’ve definitely got the bug now and hopefully its onwards and upwards from here.”

The 28-year-old, who has spent the past 10 years educating young horses and also troublesome ones, has Herbell and Sonny’s Touch in her stables.

Taylor was confident Herbell, who comes from a good family, will progress into a nice galloper after breaking her maiden status at only her third start.

“Lucas (Camilleri) has always had some time for her,” Taylor said.

“It hasn’t taken her long to put it together.”

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