Powell on a dozen

August 22, 2017
Andre Powell celebrates after winning aboard KACI at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

Having ridden 12 winners so far this season, female apprentice jockey Andree Powell said she is aiming to win a lot more races before the end of the year.

Powell's latest win came aboard KACI in the first race on Saturday at Caymanas Park for trainer Victor Williams.

The 27-year-old Powell told STAR Sports that she has been improving her technique in the saddle and is hungry for more success.

"I have won 12 races so far this year and my target is to get as many as I can for the year," said Powell.

"It feels wonderful to win a race today because, in my mind, I have this horse as a winner and so I just went out there and delivered," she said.

Powell, who started riding in 2015, has ridden 17 winners so far, but is yet to win a classic race.

She said competing against males is very difficult at times, but her love and determination for the sport motivates her to continue pushing.

"It is a male-dominated sport and so you just have to tell yourself that you have to be tough, put away the negativity and try to be like the men," said Powell.

"I have to also work twice as hard as them in order to get the better rides because, as a female, you have to prove what you have in order to get the winning rides," she said.

"The rides don't come as easy as how the males may get them, because you have to show your standard, so what you put out is what you get."

Powell, who hails from Clarendon, said despite being female, she has managed to hold her own against her male counterparts since her debut in 2015.

"I have won races coming from the extreme back where I have to traffic through everybody, so my aspect of it is to put the fear aside, do what you have to do and stay positive."

Powell, along with Mellisa Ward and Natalie Berger, are female jockeys currently riding at Caymanas Park.

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