You couldn’t have scripted a better start to the new season for Krystal Bishop. A win in the first race of the season was quickly followed up with a new personal best day in the saddle, recording a city treble. And all of that on the first day of Racing.com’s coverage of South Australian racing.
It’s been a tough few years for Bishop, enduring some nasty injuries which have kept the 2012/13 Apprentice Academy Dux out of the saddle on a regular basis.
“I don’t think I’ve ever ridden out a full season. That’s my aim for this season”
Bishop’s injury list is long and it’s a huge credit to her to still be riding after what she’s been through during her time in the sport.
“I spent six months out with a broken leg and then three months more after an infection flared up in that leg. I also missed five months after tearing all the ligaments off the bone in my ankle and four months out with a broken finger. Add to that I’ve had three broken or fractured wrists over my career.”
Now fully fit, Bishop is loving being on top of her game.
“I’ve been riding a lot of track work which has helped out a lot and I always get support from trainers like Greg Lesnikowski and Barry Brook (both who she rode winners for last week) who always back me in and put me on their horses. John Dunn has really been great to me. I did my apprenticeship with him and I’m still up here working for him.”
Bishop backed up her Wednesday treble with a double on Roxby Downs Cup Day on Saturday, riding the first two winners of the day for Nicole Bruggeman.
In two meetings she has notched up five winners from eleven starts and she isn’t done yet.
“My goal is to get to 200 career wins before the end of the year. I’m currently sitting on 187 so that’s my little goal for 2017.”
Her day out last Wednesday meant that she got a lot of on-screen time with the new Racing.com coverage.
“I think it’s really positive for the industry. It’s going to be great for young riders and people like me who don’t have a big profile to get our names out there and give the viewers a bit of insight into who we are.”