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Five Questions With Katelyn Mallyon

September 30, 2021

We caught up with former Group 1 jockey, Australian Turf Club Racing Ambassador and Channel 7 Horse Racing Presenter, Katelyn Mallyon to find out what racing means to her, her inspirations and what’s it is like to live with champion jockey, James McDonald.


1. Winning a Group 1 race is every jockey’s dream; what was it like winning your first Group 1 race?

It was very emotional for me… I guess it’s the ultimate goal for a jockey. You dream of it happening but when it actually did occur, it was a massive shock! I fell in by a nose and funnily enough I thought I didn’t win! It was only when Damien Lane said “well done” after the line that I realised I had achieved it. My whole body had adrenaline running through it and I was so happy!


2.What challenges did you face as a female jockey during your career and what advice do you give other jockeys coming through?

The same challenges that males face. The advice I give to young aspiring jockeys is to try and be resilient. It’s a rollercoaster game that can be unforgiving but if you can stay strong, positive and work hard at it, you will gain respect from your peers and opportunities will arise to prove yourself.


3. How much does your family inspire you?

My family means the world to me. I guess racing was always in my blood, being a fourth generation jockey along with my older brother Andrew and cousin Jordan, who are still riding. My mum has been a big inspiration for me and helped pave the way for females in the industry. I watched her old tapes in the late 80’s and laughed at her style, not realising that women only had the opportunity to race against themselves in races called the “Lady Bracelet” a handful of times during the year so it was hard for them to improve.

My Pop (Mick Mallyon) has always been my biggest fan, and is a true legend of the turf. He now enjoys watching Andrew, Jordy and my partner James – I’d love one of the boys to win a Caulfield Cup to have on the mantelpiece next to Pop’s three.


4. What’s it really like living with champion jockey James McDonald?

I drive him mad about racing but he actually doesn’t like talking about it at home. He is one of the most driven people I have ever met. He hates losing at anything and loves to stay fit and healthy. He swims every morning and plays a lot of golf. Also he is a really good cook. I’m a lucky girl and we work well together.


5. Tell us about your transition from life as a jockey to a Channel 7 Racing Expert

I was truly ready to give up being a jockey and support James in Sydney. Also, I was really excited about the next stage of my career in media and luckily I received an opportunity with 7 HorseRacing which has allowed me to work alongside some pretty amazing people – especially Bruce McAvaney who has been such an incredible help and mentor to me.

Don’t forget to check out Katelyn Mallyon Friday Tips which are updated each Friday.

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