INTERNATIONAL horsewoman Malin Hammarskjold is certainly enjoying the Aussie lifestyle.
Last year the Swede headed Down Under for a six-month break and has no plans of leaving.
“My original plan was to come for six months and here I am a year later,” Hammarskjold said. “I love it here and have met so many terrific people.”
Not only is she growing accustom to the Australian way, speech and weather, Hammarskjold is also adapting to the local sulky.
Although she has experienced success as a Monte rider, Hammarskjold drove at her first program this weekend, which coinciding with her first win.
Second at her debut appearance, Hammarskjold broke her maiden at her second drive when partnering the Bec East-trained Lucky Im Cheap at Mount Gambier.
Leading early before taking a trail, Hammarskjold and the son of Notso Cheap accounted for Little Tiara and Eastbro Lucky in a modest 2:05.2 over 1780 metres.
“When we crossed the line I just couldn’t believe it,” Hammarskjold declared. “I had been driving fast work and trials, but a race is a lot different.
“To have five drives at my first race card was awesome and to get a win is an amazing thrill.”
Despite the rush, Hammarskjold stated her passion rests with Monte events.
“It’s a lot different and great fun, but I prefer the Monte races,” Hammarskjold said.
- PAUL COURTS