WHEN national and international audiences watch the Melbourne Cup in November they will get to see Western Australia’s Brittany Taylor interview the winning jockey while on horseback.
Ms Taylor, the daughter of Perth trainer Jim Taylor and his wife Tina will be the first woman to provide mounted race day coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival from Flemington racecourse.
Although it will be the 24-year-old’s first Melbourne Cup Day experience she has already done a similar horseback role for Perth Racing and Sky Racing including interviewing jockey Peter Hall in January this year after he won the Perth Cup on Star Exhibit.
Earlier this month Network 10 announced Perth Racing presenter Ms Taylor would join a team made up of global racing expert Francesca Cumani, former trainer of Black Caviar and commentator Peter Moody, form expert David Gately, 10 News First senior sports reporter Caty Price and RSN presenter Michael Felgate.
Ms Taylor, who is also a TABradio and TABtouch contributor and an Owners Only ambassador, said being asked to be the first to interview the winning jockey of the race that stops the nation was a big honour and a dream come true.
“I’ve never actually been to a Melbourne Cup, so to think I’ll be watching the race this year from the back of a horse on the Flemington track itself is so surreal,’’ she said.
“To be the first one to talk to the Melbourne Cup winning jockey is a responsibility I don’t take lightly – I want to make sure I capture the moment perfectly.”
On Thursday Ms Taylor told Yanchep News Online in preparation for the role she was hoping to go to Melbourne in September to meet the horse she will be riding and to ride around the Flemington course.
On the opportunity to make history as the first woman to do a mounted interview for the Melbourne Cup she said she had not had a chance to check the record books yet.
But she said it fitted with her grandmother’s pioneering role in racing – her grandmother Lois Taylor was one of the first women in WA to get her trainer’s licence.
“The whole family is very proud and supportive,’’ she said.
Racing and Wagering Western Australia racing general manager Charlotte Mills said Ms Taylor was set to provide Network 10’s mounted race day coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival for the next two years.
Ms Mills said Ms Taylor was an incredible ambassador for racing in WA and one who always went above and beyond to promote the racing industry.’
“It is also exciting to see women continue to be pioneers of our sport and Ms Taylor continues to blaze her own trail not only from a local perspective, but now on a national scale.”
Along with her many media commitments, Ms Taylor is also a race horse owner and track work rider.
She credited her passion for horse racing to her grandmother and her mother Tina who always encouraged her to chase her dreams.
“If it wasn’t for my grandmother’s generation who forged their way in the industry I wouldn’t be involved the way I am today,” she said.
Back on 10 for the first time since 2001, this year’s live broadcast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival will cover AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day as well as Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.