A recent let-down for jockey Hannah Phillips is probably symbolic of the trials and tribulations all jockeys endure.
After competing at Gympie just over a week ago, Hannah was bed-ridden on Sunday and hospitalised with pneumonia for the next three days.
Meanwhile, Shez Our Destiny – one of her four bookings for Warwick – scored, depriving the South Burnett rider the opportunity of booting home her first winner as a senior.
Hannah Phillips was apprenticed to her father Barry.
After a decade away, he returned to the training ranks specifically to mentor her and invested in horses like the warrior Captain Clayton to give her race day opportunities.
Phillips has also valued her mother Jenny Barry’s extremely strong support.
Hannah’s first engagement as a junior was on Lucidity, a second placegetter at Roma, in February 2014.
Her final outing with “a” in brackets was on August 10 at Toowoomba on the unplaced, ironically named galloper Begin.
Given that Hannah broke her knee in July 2014 and suffered a bout of double pneumonia in May 2016, lasting the distance has been an achievement in itself.
But her determination, dedication, love for her profession and the backing of the key figures in her life saw her survive the rigours of the trade.
Hannah’s initial victory on April 19, 2014 on Pat Sexton’s charge Kilgharrah was registered at Nanango.
Lee Park was her most productive work site.
It was the source of 17 winners, with Wondai providing her with a dozen first places from just 49 attempts.
Appropriately, Hannah’s last success during her indentureship was at Bundaberg on First Bid, the chestnut prepared at Wondai by Janene Armstrong.
All up, Hannah Phillips partnered 519 horses in her 1100 assignments at some 50 racecourses.
Her 116 victories were recorded on 86 individual horses for 37 trainers.
She was podium placed 239 times for a very healthy 32.2 per cent top three strike rate.
Her mounts collected $1,114,858 in prize money plus $800 in trophies and $112,600 in QTIS bonuses.
Oakey conditioner Bradley Hudson saddled up the most winners for Hannah with Jeptoo’s tally of seven topping the total of nineteen.
Other trainers in the leading squad were Darryl Gardiner (13 wins with Al’s Briefs contributing four), Bevan Johnson (10) and her father Barry (nine with Captain Clayton saluting five times).
Toowoomba’s Matt Kropp, also with nine success stories, legged Hannah aboard her most lucrative aspirants with Spirit’s Choice worthy of special mention.
Hannah Phillips has already publicly expressed her thanks to a host of connections who have been instrumental in her career to date.
On November 11 last year, Barry’s mare Lisa Fashionista’s colt by Chestnut Valley was born.
As Hannah kicks off her new chapter, the yearling chestnut does likewise.
It would be a just reward for all the tough hours, the hurdles and the endless travel for the Phillips team to have fun with him, particularly seeing that Hannah has ridden both his parents.
Racing is certainly all about having something to look forward to, and Hannah Phillips is a delightfully co-operative and enthusiastic character.
Her clearly ingrained work ethic will ensure that stables will continue to show their appreciation of her efforts by asking her to sport their raceday silk.