Nisbet off to Melbourne

Canberra based apprentice Kayla Nisbet will be looking to grab her opportunity with both hands when she joins the powerful David Hayes stable in May.

Having out-ridden her country claim at Goulburn earlier this year a timely victory aboard the David Hayes trained Clearwater Bay has given Nisbet her greatest opportunity of her riding career.

"I've only had the one ride for David Hayes and it was a winner at Wagga, that's how this whole move came about," Nisbet said.

"I was very lucky it worked out very well for me."

Joining the Hayes team on a three month loan, Nisbet said she is very excited about making the move and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

"I had to go somewhere and I was just waiting to see if anyone would take me on so when the opportunity came up it was very exciting," Nisbet said.

"I'm pretty excited to be leaving but it will probably be hard, Dad's [John Nisbet] a good boss he's pretty easy to work for so it will be a little bit of a change.

"I'm not sure what will come of it at this stage, I'm just really focused on out riding my provincial claim and hopefully getting a few rides in the city."

The current leading apprentice rider in the Canberra region, Nisbet said she is very fortunate to have the continued support of her father and various owners since out-riding her country claim.

"I'm pretty lucky Dad [John Nisbet] still puts me on and the owners have remained very supportive of me and are still happy to put me on without a claim," Nisbet said.

"I'm very fortunate to have their support and have been pretty lucky to still get a lot of rides."

Although yet to taste victory in Metropolitan company Nisbet proceeded to take the next step when she successfully notched up her first minor placing in stakes company when only going down narrowly aboard Glad You Called in the Listed National Sprint at Canberra.

"It was unreal, she's such an honest horse and it was great because it was for one of my Dad's [John Nisbet] best owners [Eric Phillips]," Nisbet said.

"My first victory for my Dad was on one of Eric's horses so he's supported me right from the very start of my career so it was very exciting to get so close to winning on her for Dad but also for Eric."