Wilberforce trainer Amy Bennett is not your typical 19 year old girl. She is fast becoming one of the most talented female trainers in New South Wales after a stunning debut year in 2012. Amy’s statistics resulted in 25 winners and 50 minor placings with half of her runners finishing in the money every start.
Amy’s father and mentor Vince Bennett was a highly successful trainer for many years with two of his star chasers; Sky Fly High (2009 National Futurity Runner Up) and I Love Lucy (3rd 2007 NSW Distance Championship Final) now providing Amy with an array of talented performers. Billy Fly High (Premier Fantasy x Sky Fly High) is a brilliant short course sprinter winning 2 of his 5 starts including 2 minor placings. Stepping out in December at Gosford on debut, he blew his rivals away from box five clocking a flying 22.88 over the 400m. Fellow sibling Jimmy Fly High isn’t two far behind with a natural ability to master the two turn circuit, already a Wentworth Park winner in 29.99 and a sizzling PB effort at Richmond of 30.57.
Amy’s 2013 campaign picked up right where she left off racking up five winners in just four days during the month of January which spanned across; Gosford, Wentworth Park and Richmond. It began on Tuesday at Gosford with Intimidator Jake and Billy Fly High giving her a winning double over the 400m. At Richmond on Wednesday Lilly Fly High saluted over the 330m before a triumphant double at Wentworth Park on Friday with British Bomber and Clinga providing Amy with plenty of reasons to celebrate behind the boxes.
‘It was amazing. I couldn’t believe the success I had that week and the prizemoney was very very good’ Amy said with a sense of pride and excitement at her efforts.
Despite making her name for herself as an owner/trainer Amy insists her success is not a solo effort.
‘Dad (Vince) has taught me everything. I look up to him and have learnt what it takes to prepare a greyhound. It’s all about looking after them and their welfare. It’s certainly a team effort’ said Amy on a routine trip home from Gosford, her favourite track.
‘I love the people, the staff and the track. I’ve had a lot of success there and although it takes an hour and a half to get there it’s worth it’.
There’s more to this gifted and delightful young lady than just a vast knowledge of greyhound racing, as she tackles the task of completing a degree in primary teaching.
‘It’s really hard and I’ll be at trials or the races doing assignments but it will be worth it in the end’ said a giggling Amy. Time management is crucial as a trainer and the skills she is obtaining from studying and greyhounds will certainly make her wiser beyond her 19 years of age.
The only feat really left to achieve for Amy is that of a group win. Coming tantalisingly close in 2010 with Frisky Melody who was runner up in the group two Dapto puppy auction final it’s only inevitable that a final win is just around the corner. The preparation and care Amy puts into her greyhounds is a credit to her and her family as she will no doubt continue to rise in the ranks as a female trainer we can all aspire to be.