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Nisbet looks on the bright side

Canberra jockey Kayla Nisbet has broken her wrist but is staying positive for a bright 2014 campaign. Photo: Karleen MinneyIt finished like ’13 was an unlucky number for Kayla Nisbet, but the up-and-coming Canberra jockey says the past year has set her up to kick on this term.

Nisbet went from bad luck to worse towards the end of last year.

She was suspended for careless riding at the start of October, missed a month of riding with a broken foot in November, then broke her wrist in a trackwork fall soon after her return.

But Nisbet, who hopes to be out of plaster by the end of January, is looking on the bright side.

She joined the David Hayes stable on a three-month loan, which went so well the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer took her on as an apprentice full-time.

Nisbet also got her first taste of the Melbourne spring carnival and rode Sanosuke at Flemington on Victoria Oaks day – one of the biggest programs of the racing year.

”It didn’t end so well, but overall I’ve been really happy with the year,” she said.

”David’s given me a great go and I’ve had quite a lot of winners.

”He gave me a ride over the spring carnival, which was really exciting, so overall it was a really good year.

”I know that when I come back David will give me a good go again and keep putting me on horses.

”I’m pretty confident I can still ride a fair few winners and come back with a good kick.”

In between her suspension and injuries, Nisbet also missed a chance to ride a winner at Caulfield.

Returning from her broken foot, she was set to ride the highly fancied Lord Of The Sky, but missed it after being stuck in traffic on the way to the course.

Lord Of The Sky went on to win easily.

”It was not a very good end to my year actually, it was pretty disappointing,” Nisbet said.

”I had my three hard-luck stories in a row – it was my foot, missing my good ride and now my wrist.

”Hopefully my hard-luck story is out of the way and I can come back and get on a roll.

”That’s the only way to look at it – that it’s bad luck.

”Obviously it’s a dangerous job and you expect to have falls and to break bones in this industry.

”Unfortunately mine happened very close to one another.”

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