At the reins on a track to success

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Dylan Egerton-Green chalked up his 500th career win on August 13 at Gloucester Park.
Camera IconDylan Egerton-Green chalked up his 500th career win on August 13 at Gloucester Park. Credit: The West Australian, Danella Bevis

Harvey-born and raised reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green chalked up his 500th career win while piloting Nowuseemesmile to victory on August 13 at Gloucester Park.

A man who prefers to let his deeds do the talking, the talented driver had no idea about how close he was to the milestone pre-race, until being informed by an on-course commentator while preparing the four-year-old mare.

“I had a pre-race interview and the commentator brought it up,” Egerton-Green said.

“I was on a short-priced favourite and it galloped at the start. But it was just one of those weeks when it happened.

“The law of averages is if you keep going around driving a few good horses, you’ll eventually get there.”

Trained by Sarah Suvaljko, Nowuseemesmile has teamed with Egerton-Green regularly this season, placing five times in her last 10 starts.

“I’ve driven her quite a few times as she is a regular drive,” Egerton-Green said. “Sarah is one of the main stables who puts me on a fair bit.

“So it was good to get a milestone on one of her horses as she has supported me a fair bit during my career.”

Aside from hitting 500, Egerton-Green has also tasted considerable success this year guiding elite three-year-old Patrickthepiranha, who has won 10 of his 18 career starts. The pacy gelding is trained by Colin Brown, who Egerton-Green works for, and could be destined for more feature race success.

“I drove my first group one behind Patrickthepiranha this year, so that’s probably the biggest thrill you can get from a feature,” he said.

“That’s the number one. Everyone wants to win a group one, but also I’ve said in the past that the biggest other thrill I’ve had is owning, breeding, training and driving.”

However with success comes preparation and a tireless pursuit of excellence and Egerton-Green gave the South Western Times a rare insight into how he prepares for a meeting.

“I drive for a lot of different people and horses,” he said.

“So probably the more different horses that you drive, you can also drive against them in other races.

“So you might know a few different characteristics about the horses which helps, but it just comes down to a lot of race replays and form analysis prior to races.”

Egerton-Green is committed to picking up as many drives as he can over the coming months and continuing to develop his career.

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