It’s not often you see a horse named after a jockey, especially an apprentice, who’s only been riding for two-and-a-half years.
But such is the regard Canberra trainer Neil Osborne holds Carly Frater-Hill in, that’s exactly what he did with a filly he bred at his Mane Lodge property in Sutton, New South Wales.
Her name is Fraternater - Frater-Hill’s nickname - and she’s by Jet Spur. The dam is Keltrice mare Carlie Rose; Frater Hill’s middle name is Rose.
“She’s one in a million,” Osborne said of the 30-year-old.
“She has a great work ethic, nothing is ever too much trouble, and she doesn’t think she’s bigger than the game.
“She gets along well with everyone.”
After riding over jumps as an amateur in the United Kingdom, Frater moved to Australia five years ago.
She was originally indentured to Barbara Joseph, before transferring to Osborne last year.
“Neil’s son rang me and asked if they could name a horse after me,” said Frater-Hill, who spent nine months on the side...