Wanganui jockey Lisa Allpress is poised to make New Zealand racing history at Hastings today.
Last season's premiership-winning rider is sitting on 998 career wins and with five mounts at today's Hawke's Bay meeting, could quite conceivably crack the 1000 mark and become the first woman jockey to achieve the milestone.
Belying her highly competitive nature, Allpress is content to let the feat happen and will not be too disappointed if history is not made today.
"It will happen, but it will happen when it happens," she said yesterday.
"I'm not dwelling on it, but it's hard not to think about it and each time I have ridden a winner lately I think 'yay, that's another one closer'. I do have some nice rides at Hastings and it could happen tomorrow, but if it doesn't so be it."
After a recent spell when she failed to salute the judge as often as she was used to, Allpress bounced back in style on Saturday with a textbook ride to guide Whangaehu-trained Blood Brotha to victory in the Wellington Cup at Trentham for trainers Raymond and Mark Connors.
And on Monday Allpress kicked home race favourite Cara Jane in the opening event at the Whakatane meeting at Te Teko where she also finished a close second and placed third twice.
Allpress dismisses suffering the "nervous nineties" syndrome, and says she is keen to get the job done and move on to the next career milestone.