Carly Holman is accomplishing an instant impact on the winners' circle

MAKING a late start to her career didn’t prevent Carly Holman from accomplishing an instant impact on the winners’ circle.

Completing her racing debut in Port Pirie on Tuesday night, Holman experienced the perfect start by guiding the Mick Darling-trained Carijoy to victory.

Naturally thrilled with the “very special moment”, the 25-year-old hopes the success “is the first of many”.

“I couldn’t have asked for a start any better than that,” Holman said. “I was very nervous for the 24 hours leading up to it, but once I got out on to the track, it felt like every other day I drive at training or the trials.

“It all worked out really well in the end.”

Caught three-wide from barrier six, Carijoy was sent forward to test the leader, Kickapoo Creek, from the ‘death seat’.

Forging his way to the front along the back stretch, Carijoy staved off a late challenge from Roll With Mustard to score by a half-head.

Wesaidso was two-and-a-half metres away third.

Owned by Holman’s Aunty – Leah Holman – Carijoy covered the mile in 2:00.1.

“My Aunt has had horses since I can remember and I always wanted to get involved and drive with her,” Holman said.

“I moved back to Kadina just up the road from her about 12 months ago and been working with her a few days a week, which led to me finally driving at the races.

“I’m also studying part time to become a vet, but would like to remain in driving as a hobby.”

  • PAUL COURTS