Getting to know you: Snowden Racing’s new Racing Manager, Lucy Keegan-Attard
We catch up with Snowden Racing’s new Racing Manager, Lucy Keegan-Attard, as she talks horses, artificial insemination techniques, and which Champion of the turf she’s ridden in trackwork!
1) Firstly, congratulations on becoming the new Racing Manager and we wish you the very best of luck with the Snowden Racing team! How have you settled into the role?
Thank you! I’ve settled in quite quickly & the whole team have been most welcoming & made the transition a really enjoyable one.
2) Peter & Paul Snowden are one of the powerhouse stables in Sydney, what are you most looking forward to by working with them?
I’m looking forward to experiencing life on the non-riding side, getting my eye in when clocking horses, inspecting yearlings at the sales with them & learning about the work program for the range of horses that they train.
3) You’ve worked with Peter before during your time in the racing industry, what was that experience like?
That’s right, I did a 7 month stint as a rider for Darley at Osbourne Park.It was an amazing experience, the staff, horses & facilities are second to none.I made some lifelong friends during that period also.
4) It’s excellent to see another Pom over here! What is your background in racing?
Us Poms have to stick together!! I actually fell into racing when I started to ride out aged 20, it was a good cash in hand job I could do before college.I worked for a trainer in Lewes, East Sussex & just fell in love with the horses & the adrenalin rush of galloping.
Whilst I was at college I opted to do part of my work experience in South West France for Guillaume Mcaire, who was the champion jumps trainer in France for many years, this was a fantastic trip & I fell even more in love with the thoroughbred industry.
5) And what is your first memory of the races?
My first memory of the races was going to Plumpton for an Easter meeting, needless to say in true English fashion the meeting was very wet with not many picnics.
6) Winx or Black Caviar?!
That’s a tough one as they are both absolute champions… For me purely based on personal experience it has to be Winx. I was lucky enough to be involved with her & to have ridden her both as a yearling & an accomplished racehorse whilst I worked for Chris Waller.
7) You’ve had plenty of experience of Australian racing since moving from the UK in 2010, what do you think Australian racing does best?
I think one of the best things about Australian Racing is the Syndication companies, giving people from all walks of life the chance to own a percentage of a racehorse and realise a dream that most people have.
8) And if you could change one thing about racing here what would that be?
The flies & the heat!!! I do miss the seasonal racing aspect which the UK has between the jumps season & flat season, it would be amazing to have even just a quieter month during the year.
9) Tell us something people might not know about you…
I’m a fully qualified artificial insemination technician for horses & I’m fully qualified to collect, process, chill, freeze & ship semen & I’ve gained good experience in assisting with embryo transfer in horses.
10) Who is your all-time favourite racehorse?
From afar it has to be Desert Orchid & from a personal involvement point of view, Boban.
Boban & I had a bond that I’ve never had with another horse, he & I ‘started’ at the Waller stables in the same week & it was a great thrill to see him go through the grades like he did. His galloping ability was phenomenal & I still have & treasure an etrakka report of a gallop I did one morning when he broke the 70kph mark. Boban is laid to rest out at Freemans Reach & losing him was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through in life yet.
11) What one item can you not live without?
12) What would you rather win with Snowden Racing – The Melbourne Cup, The Golden Slipper, or The Everest?
I guess the Melbourne Cup would be suitable to complete the three for the stable.
13) What has been the highlight of your career in racing so far?
Actually, all of it! It’s been a great progression through various roles & I’ve loved getting to know the people & horses as I have. Watching Black Caviar win at Ascot was definitely one of the biggest thrills yet.
14) You’ve been in the job for less than two weeks, but here at Triple Crown we don’t sit on the fence… who’s your best tip as we get deeper into the Autumn Carnival?
Not that I’m biased but Redzel in the TJ!
Let’s hope you’re a good tipster!