She’s got runway looks and an equally attractive persona yet it would all mean nothing unless Katelyn Mallyon could get the wins on the board when she came to the city.
If she did she would fast become the most marketable jockey riding in Australia, if not she’d struggle to ever be taken seriously.
After Saturday’s card at Moonee Valley though we can safely say that Mallyon is a name you can expect to be hearing more and more.
She claimed her first metro double over the weekend and in doing so also claimed the jockey’s challenge for the day.
It was a huge effort, especially given her book of rides were dwarfed by a few of her more fancied rivals.
It mattered not though as the 17 year old granddaughter of thee time Caulfield Cup winning jockey Mick Mallyon announced herself to punters across the country with a remarkable effort.
First she saluted with the well favoured Robbie Laing-trained Maquina with a patient ride coming form the back over 1500m.
Her second winner was harder to spot with outsider Galbraith positioned beautifully to be produced late with an upset victory in a hot field.
“It’s a big thrill. I always wanted to ride a winner at Moonee Valley,” Mallyon said.
“Things are going really well, I’m getting a lot of support now that I’m at Flemington and it’s been great.”
It was only last Monday that Mallyon rode a treble at Wangaratta as the apprentice continues to thrive under the guidance of father and small time trainer Brett.
Mallyon is said to have turned down a promising set of opportunities in the modelling world to pursue the love of riding she’s held from a young age.