Emerging Queensland reinswoman Jordan Topping says a recent trip south of the border to drive at Tamworth has given her a “spark” for the 2023 campaign ahead.
The 20-year-old enjoyed her best season yet in the sulky in 2022, collecting 28 winners, which was more than her first duo years in the bike combined.
Topping was one of many Sunshine State participants who made the journey south to the New England region for their annual Tamworth Carnival recently.
While the keen young driver did not find her way into the winners enclosure on the big Golden Guitar Final night, she says the experience will greatly benefit her driving skills back home.
“It was different, the racing down there is much different to what it is here compared to Brisbane,” Topping said.
“The tracks are different to Albion Park, Marburg and Redcliffe.
“It was a real eye-opener.
“It was good as we stayed only 10 minutes from the track, instead of driving over an hour as we do here in Queensland.”
Topping had two engagements on the Golden Guitar feature program, taking a drive in the consolation for the big race as well as one in a later event.
In the second of the two drives, she was able to run into third with the Dan Russell-trained Malibu Dream at the massive odds of $ 126.
“To be in those sort of races – while it is not as big as our winter carnival up here in Queensland – it was still a privilege to drive in the consolation race and those sort of races,” she said.
“The whole point of it was to just to go and learn a few different things.
“You can drive at these tracks as much as you want in Brisbane, but going somewhere different, hopefully the trip away can spark me up again.
“It really opened a few eyes for me now while I am out on the track.”
Topping has going through a baptism of fire in the driving ranks in Queensland.
In August of last year, she claimed her maiden metropolitan winning drive when she urged home Glenledi Commander for trainer Ryan Veivers over 2318 metres.
Just hours earlier she was tipped out of the cart in the main arena at Ekka in front of thousands of onlookers.
Racing Queensland’s Senior Harness Racing Manager David Brick said Topping’s introduction to the metropolitan winning ranks underlines her determination.