60 Seconds with Sam Weatherley
Your alarm goes off at 3.15am. What motivates you to get up this early?
I am very motivated to better myself and refine my craft so that I can ride better horses come raceday.
What is your favourite raceday in New Zealand?
That’s a tough one - it’s between Boxing Day at Ellerslie and Matamata Breeders Stakes Day. Boxing Day has some of the best racing in New Zealand while Matamata is my home track so naturally I enjoy riding there.
You have enjoyed much success during your career so far, which is most special to you?
Winning the group 1 Telegraph last year on Enzo’s Lad. It was my first Group 1 and was a huge thrill!
If you weren’t in racing, what would you be?
Something along the lines of an accountant.
What is the biggest difference you’ve found between New Zealand and Australian racing?
I’ve definitely noticed the high level of professionalism there is in Australia. The racing is also a lot more competitive here (in Australia).
Of all the horses you’ve ridden, who is your favourite?
Sir Charles Road. I did a lot of work on him when I was at Wexford and it was great to win the Reliable Man Trophy on him at Hastings when I was visiting NZ last year.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
‘You’re only as good as your last ride’ which my former boss Lance O’Sullivan told me. It reminded me to keep my feet on the ground and remain focused.
If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
Tiger Woods... I love golf.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I’d like to be super fast!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
As a kid, I was a big boy! Looking at me back then, you wouldn’t have thought i’d make it as a jockey!