Harrison keen to start spring with a Boom
Brisbane rider Tegan Harrison will seek help from the very best in her profession before she tackles the Flemington straight-six course for the first time on Saturday.
Harrison will make her maiden Melbourne appearance as a senior jockey although she has had four rides at Moonee Valley as an apprentice.
The 23-year-old will have two rides for top Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan, Temple Of Boom in the Group Three Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and Pienkna in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m).
Harrison has been doing her homework for the Melbourne trip which she admits has her very excited.
“I have never ridden at Flemington but I have been there to have a look. I will be walking the track on Saturday morning to get a feel for it,” Harrison said.
“I plan to ask some of the experienced Melbourne jockeys about the way to ride the straight six.
“Everyone tells me the best (jockey) to seek advice from is Damien Oliver so I will be asking his opinion.”
Harrison believes Temple Of Boom gives her a great chance to make her mark at Flemington.
The pair enjoyed a successful winter when they combined to win the Group Two Victory Stakes and were placed in the Group One Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap.
“He is such an honest horse and always tries. He is used to travelling and apparently he has gone well down there,” Harrison said.
“Pienkna is in her first preparation but she has been very strong in her two wins in Brisbane.
“I am really looking forward to the day as it is every jockey’s dream to ride at Flemington.”
Harrison, one of the best talents to come out of Queensland in the past decade, has ridden 274 winners and recently claimed the Queensland Apprentice of the Year
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