Day At The Track

Byford schoolgirl drives her first winner

03:34 PM 18 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Emily Suvaljko
Emily Suvaljko and Undercover Art after their win at Northam
Jodie Hallows Photo

Emily Suvaljko will be the toast of Byford Secondary College tomorrow after she drove her first winner at last night’s Northam harness racing meeting.

Emily was having just her second race drive behind the Eric Chabros trained mare Undercover Art when she manoeuvred the mare off the fence turning for home and went to the line clear of Win And Grin and Tahara’s Desire.

As a full-time student Emily, who turned 17 last October, is only able to compete on weekends and she had her first race-drive the week before behind Erskine Range which came from a 70 metre handicap mark to finish fifth at Bunbury on February 10th.

Emily has been helping Banjup trainer Colin Brown on weekends for the past 12 months to satisfy her passion for horses while completing her studies.

Also based at Brown’s stables is Dylan Egerton-Green who drove last night’s runner-up Win And Grin.

Egerton-Green has spent considerable time teaching Emily the finer points of race-driving and he can expect some banter in the coming week for getting beaten by his student.

Emily’s father Shannon Suvaljko drove his 1500th winner last night behind the Kat Warwick trained Princess Major which brought up a winning treble for Suvaljko at the meeting.

Emily’s uncles Callan and Joe Suvaljko also drove at the meeting.

Alan Parker

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