Can I bring my agent next time? - Wilson

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am

Emma-Jayne Wilson will ask for a review of Jockey Club rules to enable her to bring her own booking agent if she's to accept a future offer to come as a jockey.

Wilson, 26, goes home today with a great deal of learning under her belt, but no wins to show for a two-month tour of duty that encompassed 81 rides. She had four seconds and two thirds.

'If I was to measure my time here strictly by wins, then obviously it was not successful,' the Canadian said. 'But if you were to look at it from the point of view of a new experience - in a totally different environment compared to what I am used to, riding alongside some of the greatest jockeys in the world - then it was a tremendous learning experience for me.'

Wilson explained that in Canada, where she has been the leading jockey at Toronto's Woodbine racetrack, she has a booking agent who 'does all the hustling for me'.

'In Hong Kong, I've had to do all the hustling on my own - ringing owners and trainers and two months ago, I'd never spoken to any of them,' she said. 'But having been here and experienced how it's done, if I was asked to come back I'd have a plan of how I could do it better. And one of the thing's I'd be asking the club is whether I could bring my agent with me.'

That may present a stumbling block to future negotiations as the Jockey Club has refused previous attempts to introduce managers or agents as a class of licensee.