60 Seconds with Charlotte O'Beirne

14 April 2020
Charlotte O'Beirne. Photo: Tony Kim.
We caught up with Central Districts jockey Charlotte O'Beirne, here's what we learned in 60 seconds.
What made you want to pursue a career in racing?
The horses, definitely the horses, oh and the money too 
What do you love most about racing?
The horses and the people I have met along the way through racing, well most of them anyway...
What has been a career highlight for you?
Anytime I can send a winning replay to my grandad in the UK, he’s 89, and if he gets a smile out of it it’s always worth it!
Do you have a favourite horse you’ve ridden?
Yes, Pep Torque, he comes with his own fan club, it’s really cool. A big racing family affair.
Do you have a favourite jockey?
I take my hat off to any jockey that gets up and works hard for what they have. Hard to pick just one. 
Favourite New Zealand track?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
From Sam Collett : Take 10 minutes to commiserate and 10 to celebrate. 
If you weren’t in racing, what would your job be?
I would love to be a presenter but probably for racing so if I couldn’t do that I’d join the police.
When you're not riding, what do you spend your time doing? 
Riding my horse Oskar, hanging out with Keil and getting our never ending list of things done on our lifestyle property.
If you could switch lives with someone for the day, who would it be? 
Margot Robbie.
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would you invite?
Donald Trump, all of the tigers from tiger king, and a fly on the wall - just to watch it all unfold. 
Favourite TV show? 
Dynasty and Vampire diaries.
Favourite food?
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I practiced and competed in artistic roller skating for years when I was younger, I was also in a slalom ski team.

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