Motherhood won’t be stopping Tumut jockey Megan Creed, who will be back in the saddle for the first time in 15 months on Friday when jumping aboard Deemed Corrupt in the 1100m Country Maiden Plate at Gundagai.
Creed, who celebrated the birth of her son Noah back in March, has been working hard of late in a bid to return to race riding.
Despite the extended length of time away from race riding, Creed said her return in the $40,000 maiden event at the usually popular Snake Gully Cup meeting, didn’t seem too big of a deal.
“Honestly, it doesn’t feel like I have been away for 12 or more months, it only feels like I’ve had a week off,” Creed laughed.
“When I went back to the trials, it was all exciting going back to see the girls, but after that, it felt like I’d had a week off and was back into it.”
Creed said getting back to racing was easy, especially after a seamless return to track work riding for trainer, Kerry Weir.
“It was the same as when I had been off work for the four and a half months, other than being a bit body sore, it only felt like I had just the week off and everything fell back into place,” Creed said.
Currently weighing 56kg, Creed missed a recent opportunity to guide Cattledog Cod to a win at Wagga last week but gets a good chance for a winning return on Friday.
The 32-year-old said she wouldn’t rush into getting to a minimum weight though, explaining that she was taking her time after struggling last winter.
“The weight is slowly coming down, I haven’t pushed myself and I could have probably gone a bit harder earlier but as I’ve said previously, I struggled last year with my weight before I knew I was pregnant,” Creed said.
“Before I was pregnant, I had already had asked Kerry for a break and a month off from race riding because I struggled all winter and I just wanted to ease myself back into riding and hopefully in another two weeks I’ll be back to riding the minimum (weight).”
Being a mother isn’t worrying Creed either, but the former Southern District Racing Association jockey of the year said she couldn’t know for sure if it would take a toll mentally until she had ridden for the first time.
“No there hasn’t been any concern. I had heard that it was 50/50 that some girls come back and nothing has changed and other girls as soon as they have a bub, they weren’t riding anymore,” Creed said.
“I’ve seen some pretty good falls recently too, like with Nick Heywood at the last Albury meeting, but at the moment I am feeling pretty confident, but I guess it will all come down to whether I have a scare in a race, as to whether that changes me.
“I feel as good as I did when I stopped riding, and I am looking forward to riding again.”
Creed does get a good chance to impress first up, with the in-form Deemed Corrupt knocking on the door of a maiden victory in recent starts.
“He has drawn not too bad, drawing the six and he has the pace to go forward, although at Gundagai they all seem to run along as a different pace,” Creed laughed.
“We presume he will be positive, so I’ll get him out and just go from there.”
It could very well be an exciting time for Creed, who re-joins Weir’s stable that has been running hot in recent weeks.
“As I’ve said to Kerry, we have had that much bad luck, and probably three other people’s bad luck, that we were due for a change of luck and it is good to see the stable is hitting form again,” Creed said.
“We have a few more (horses) to come in and they will be all starting at the perfect time, with lots of racing around spring, so hopefully we can get a few more winners.”