POPULAR Warrnambool apprentice jockey Melissa Julius achieved another milestone in her short career when she won her first Saturday metropolitan race on Saturday.
She rode Forgeress, trained by Crossley trainer Quinton Scott, to defeat the well-backed Sullivan Bay and Beatniks in a $100,000 mares race over 1200 metres at Caulfield.
Julius, who has ridden 53 winners in 19 months, was thrilled with the result.
“Quinny has been a bit crook,” the 25-year-old hoop said.
“He’s been a great supporter of mine since day one and I’ve been riding Forgeress in trackwork since I started my apprenticeship.
“It’s special to win my first Saturday city race on her, especially on National Jockeys Trust Day.”
Scott spoke in glowing terms of how much Julius’ riding has improved in recent months.
“The win has been a great tonic for my health,” he said.
“I’m feeling a lot better but it’s also great for Melissa. She’s willing to listen to advice and takes it on board.”
“I’m confident her winning ride on Forgeress will be a great advertisement for her to pick up other city Saturday rides. Her three kilo claim in town on Saturday’s is a big bonus.”
Schism won her third consecutive city race for Ciaron Maher when she won a $100,000 open handicap.