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Local jockey is one of the leading lights in New Zealand horse racing


Another up and coming Tallaght sporting legend is local jockey Samantha Wynne who is currently blazing a trail in New Zealand horse racing circles.

Last night she was the subject of UTV Ireland programme Emigration Nation, a six-part documentary series which celebrates the lives of Irish emigrants.

Due to a lack of opportunities in Ireland Samantha moved to Christchurch to pursue her dream of becoming a professional jockey four years ago.

Viewers saw the 28-year-old Tallaght native launching her professional career in the prestigious $100,000 Winter Cup race, racing on one of her favourite horses, Miss Three Stars.

Samantha first learned to ride bareback on Tonto, a horse that her brother bought with his confirmation money at Smithfield Market.

Encouraged by her parents, she attended Jockey School at the Race Academy in Kildare and graduated in 2005.

Since arriving in New Zealand to become a jockey, Wynne has not only fulfilled that ambition but she has so far ridden 175 winners.

Last season she rode 63 winners placing her 13th on the National Premiership, and second in the South Island.

This year has been especially exciting for her as she recorded wins in some very big races in her adopted country.

Now firmly established as one of the leading South Island jockeys Samantha won the Oamaru Jockey Club’s Oamaru Cup meeting in July, winning five races including the two $30,000 features, the Waitaki River Trophy and the Oamaru Cup.

That win saw her leave the apprentice ranks and her move into professionalism has been as excellent as expected.

Up to the end of last month Samantha has won seven races with her much loved horse, 6 year old Miss Three Stars.

For anyone who missed last nights episode it is available to watch on the UTV Ireland Player.