It was a golden day of emotional solemnity for Tyler Schiller, as the star young rider fought back tears after dedicating his maiden Group 1 win to his father, Glenn, who has cancer.
The 24-year-old is still just a trainee, but he led Mariamiya to victory in the $1 million Galaxy Group with the equanimity of a veteran in Rosehill on Saturday afternoon.
The famous hoop, who won the 2021/2022 Sydney City Apprentice title, hails from Young in the New South Wales Riverina, and is the son of prominent local hoop trainer, Glenn Schiller. His grandfather, Peter, was also a top trotting instructor.
Unfortunately, it’s been hard times for the tight-knit family lately, and Schiller’s first thoughts after winning his first Group 1 race were about his father.
He was fighting back tears as he described how much riding his first Group 1 winner meant to him.
A jubilant Tyler Schiller celebrates after taking his first-ever Group 1 win for the Galaxy in Rosehill on Saturday
“It feels unreal,” Schiller said bluntly on Channel Seven’s coverage of Golden Slipper Day.
My dad (Glenn) has cancer. All he wanted to see was me win the first set and do it today, it was unrealistic.
Schiller could no longer hold back the tears after finishing the interview with a heart-wrenching and heart-wrenching cry at the same time: “Welcome home, Mom and Dad.”
The Joe Pride-trained mare showed impressive turn of foot in the straight as Schiller expertly led her along the rail to upset the well-supported unfamiliar James, with Cannonball finishing third.
He continues the remarkable rise in the jockey ranks for the talented youngster, who is currently second in the Sydney Jockey Championships despite only being a trainee.
Schiller was also emotional when he spoke about his boss Mark Newnham, a legendary instructor of young riders and a winning Group 1 coach.
I can’t thank him enough for the opportunities I’ve had, it’s just unreal. I’m so glad I pulled it off,” he said, after finishing fifth in the Group One Rosehill Guinness on Newnham’s horse, a matcha latte.
Tyler Schiller puts Mariamia home in Galaxy Group 1 in Rosehill, finishing ahead of unfamiliar James and Canon Paul
Schiller, known as one of the shrewdest stylists in the Cavalry Chamber, arrives in Rosehill for what will turn out to be the biggest day of his career.
Racing NSW’s head jockeys coach, 49-time Group 1 winner Corey Brown, sparked more emotion from Schiller after he gave his companion a big hug.
“I wish I didn’t cry about it, but it’s the best feeling in the world,” Schiller told Brown after Sky Racing.
It was also an impressive victory for six-year-old Miriam, who Schiller said did it “with ease”.
It’s the best feeling in the world, to do it on a mare like that. She came through the grades really sharp and Joe (Pride) switched her, but she’s a good mare,” he said.
I thought it was inevitable in the 100m sprint, she was doing it so easily, no one was catching her.
To see her freestyle football in the last 200m, she’s super sweet and I’m so grateful to Joe (Pride) and the relationships that helped me out. I can’t believe I won the first set.
Tyler Schiller greets the crowd after his first win in the first set following his victory over the Galaxy on Saturday
Pride could no longer be proud of both Schiller and his star.
“Looking for a jockey for these big races at light weight,” he said after the race, “You like someone who can ride a horse naturally, and a natural Tyler.”
He won more winners last season than anyone else, and that’s the payoff.
“She’s so special.” I was really pleased with all of her (Maryam’s) preparations. She wasn’t seeing the 1300m out the other day but she freshened up and got back on the sprint ride, she was really dynamic out there today.
“This is her crowning moment, she has won the galaxy now.”
Racing continues at Rosehill on Saturday for the Tancred Stakes.
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