Lynsey Satherley would rather be a stay at home mum.
But riding horses is a living she can’t do without.
Travelling long distances to race meetings is not her thing but on Saturday she will leave her Cambridge home to fly to Wellington to ride two-year-old Beauty Diva in the $50,000 Wellesley Stakes.
Satherley can’t exactly remember the last time she rode at Trentham. She thinks it was four years ago when she went down narrowly on the Campin-trained Kisses.
Rides of Beauty Diva’s quality don’t come along too often so far as she’s concerned the air fare will be money well spent.
Beauty Diva made a flying start to her career, winning off the front at Pukekohe. It convinced trainer Clint Isdale he had a little star on his hands.
Her behaviour could be better. “She’s quite a cantankerous filly,” said Satherley. But she can gallop as her Pukekohe rivals found out to their cost.
If she wins at Trentham, she then be set for the Karaka Million at the end of January. She has already qualified for the race.
The Wellesley has drawn a field of 10, five sired by Showcasing. Beauty Diva is one. Three starters are from the Stephen Marsh stable.
Sai Fah looks his best, He.has more raceday experience than his stablemates.
He out-toughed race rival First Rock on debut before a wide run got the better of him second-up. Rosie Myers replaces Danielle Johnson, who is riding at Ellerslie.
Graeme Rogerson’s Savabeel Senzabeel goes in without having won a trial but Satherley has seen the colt trial and was impressed.