Liam Dau is about to ride his first ever horse race and he is “as cool as a cucumber” according to his mother Ruby Honan.
“He takes it all in his stride,” Ruby said from the Gold Coast where they are staying.
The 12 year old Urbenville Public School student has planned his strategy to win the Magic Millions race at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, January 6.
“I’ll try and stay in second or third (position) and let him go at the end,” Liam said.
The race is 450metres and last year was won by a girl who rode it in 30 seconds.
Liam will be riding Brown Caviar – a pony owned by Edenville Equestrian Centre where Liam has been going for horse riding lessons.
The centre had the horse and needed a jockey, Ruby said.
They chose Liam.
“He is brave,” Ruby said.
Liam had his first real training day at the race track yesterday, Thursday, January 4. It was his first time on a proper track.
Back home, Liam has been training on a straight beside the road.
Edenville Equestrian Centre owner Peyton Sifko is his coach and strapper.
Liam is part of the Kyogle Pony Cub so there will be a lot of people cheering him on.
The race is on Saturday, January 6 at 12.05 and will be televised on Channel 7.