A star on the rise
Thursday, 28th June, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
Broken Hill reinswoman, Cassie Robinson, has returned from the Harness Racing NSW Rising Stars Series in Sydney buoyed by some top results.
Cassie drove a winner in Newcastle and finished third in the showpiece race day of the week, the Alabar Breeders Challenge at Menangle.
The Rising Stars Series is a development Harness Racing series for young drivers which gives them the opportunity to race at a number of the premier racecourses in NSW.
The event was Cassie's first ever trip to Sydney. She described the week as "fantastic" and cited several highlights.
"Driving at Menangle was a highlight, especially on the Sunday when my family was there," Cassie said.
"I came third in that race and it was actually the horse's personal best time, so that was good."
Cassie also said meeting prominent race caller, John Tapp, was another special moment from the trip.
"I've watched him on TV for years, so then to get to meet him was great," she said.
According to Cassie, another benefit of the tour was getting to mix with other talented young drivers.
"There aren't a lot of young drivers in Broken Hill, so it was really good to spend time with people in my age group who have exactly the same interests as me," she said.
Cassie said she gained invaluable experience from the series that she could apply to her harness racing back home.
"Getting the experience of driving at the different tracks was great and will help me wherever I'm driving," she said.
Cassie was also inundated with support from locals through text messages and social networking website, Facebook.
"I got messages from people who were cheering me on at the pubs and celebrating when I won.
"I got a lot of support from people in Sydney as well. Higher up people came to congratulate me the day after I won the race."
Cassie's sporting prowess extends beyond driving winners; she is a star striker for the St Joseph's soccer team and found the back of the net more than 20 times last season.
As much as Cassie said she enjoyed the uniqueness of not having to worry about travelling home after a race meeting, she said she could never leave Broken Hill.
"I love being here and getting up in the morning and training horses," she said.