Little known Adelaide rider Lauren Stojakovic has been given the opportunity of her riding career when she rides Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Miracles Of Life in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield.
Morphettville trainer Daniel Clarken this morning revealed to racingnetwork that 30-year-old Stojakovic was told yesterday she would keep the ride on the unbeaten filly.
Stojakovic has ridden Miracles Of Life in both of her race starts for two staggeringly easy wins – by 5.4 lengths and 9.1 lengths – both at Morphettville.
“She has done nothing wrong and we decided she deserves the opportunity.
"She has ridden a lot of winners for me and now that we’ve told her, she’s a bit excited,” Clarken said today.
“I think her whole family is planning on coming across to Melbourne now."
The Lauren Stojakovic story is intriguing, as she missed more than three years in the saddle after a horrific fall when she broke her hip, shoulder and several ribs.
“She was out of action for a long time and she spent some time in SA as a steward, so she knows the inside of a stewards room pretty well,” Clarken said, laughing.
Miracles Of Life has not been entered for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes, but can get into the race via a $55,000 late-entry fee.
“We have until February 18 to pay the late-entry fee, so we can wait until then.
"We’ll just see what happens on Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing where she fits in and how she measures up to the best over there,” Clarken added.
Miracles Of Life will float overnight on Thursday and Clarken will stay with Byron Cozamanis at Caulfield while in Melbourne.