Hannah English won the Benchmark 60 riding Glenn Richardson's Canid.
Hannah English won the Benchmark 60 riding Glenn Richardson's Canid. Felicity Ripper

English edges out contenders

HORSE RACING: Between pony club, eventing, dressage and professional riding, Wondai-born Hannah English has been around horses her whole life but she didn't begin racing until just three years ago when she won the Gayndah Cup.

"I started riding track work at 21 which is quite late for a jockey,” English said.

On Saturday she returned to Gayndah to win the Neville Gordon Memorial Benchmark 60, riding Glenn Richardson's Canid.

"We raced really well, I had drawn well and Canid has a lot of gate speed,” English said.

"Canid generally leads and he shared the lead on Saturday before racing away in the finish.”

English rides track work with Canid every day and says she enjoys racing with him because he has a strong will to win.

"Not every horse wants to try all the time but Canid is very consistent and always puts in 110 per cent,” she said.

"He loves racing and I think he likes winning too.”

Ridden by Brooke Stower, Canid won his previous start at Nanango in the Battle of the Bush qualifying heat.

"He's now eligible to start in the big final in two weeks so we wanted to start him here today to keep him ticking over in the lead-up,” English said.

English has also earned her place in the Battle of the Bush after winning the qualifying heat in Warwick on Klammer, another one of Richardson's horses.

"It's the $100,000 race that's been designed for bush horses to race in Brisbane on a Saturday,” she said.

But that's not all she's looking forward to.

"I actually really like coming to Gayndah because it's a nice country club and I hope they get more meetings down the track,” English said.

"I'm looking forward to the 150th Gayndah Derby in October, it should be big.”