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It was an emotional Golden Slipper day for Tyler Schiller, with the star young jockey fighting back tears after dedicating his maiden Group 1 win to his father, Glenn, who has cancer.
The 24-year-old is still only an apprentice, but he piloted Mariamia to victory in the $1million Group 1 Galaxy with the all the composure of a grizzled veteran at Rosehill on Saturday afternoon.
The popular hoop, who won the 2021/2022 Sydney metropolitan apprentice title, hails from Young in the NSW Riverina, and is the son of prominent local harness trainer, Glenn Schiller. His grandfather, Peter, was also a top trots trainer.
Unfortunately it has been tough times for the close-knit family of late, and Schiller's first thoughts after winning his first-ever Group 1 race were about his father.
He was fighting back tears as he described just how much riding his maiden Group 1 winner meant to him.
A jubilant Tyler Schiller celebrates after snagging his first-ever Group 1 win in the Galaxy at Rosehill on Saturday
'It feels unreal,' a clearly Schiller said on Channel 7's coverage of Golden Slipper day.
'My dad (Glenn), he's got cancer. All he wanted to see was me to win a Group 1 and to come out and do it today, it was unreal.'
Schiller could no longer hold back the tears after finishing the interview with a shoutout both heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time: 'A big howdy do to Mum and Dad back home.'
The Joe Pride-trained mare showed a brilliant turn of foot on the straight as Schiller piloted her through expertly along the rail to upset the well-supported favourite Uncommon James, with Cannonball finishing in third.
It continues what is a remarkable rise through the jockey ranks for the talented