When many of Shelby Bowtell's peers are getting home from Perth's nightspots, her work day is beginning.
But with dreams of becoming a jockey, Bowtell is prepared to make sacrifices.
The 19-year-old is out of her Bullsbrook bed at 2.30am every weekday to get to work at the Ascot stables of champion trainer Neville Parnham. The day is punctuated by track work, horse feeding and stable cleaning before it finally comes to an exhausted end by about 7pm.
"My friends are always wanting me to come out on the weekend but I'm usually too tired," Bowtell said.
"It's not all glamour and it gets very tiring at times. But the race riding is fun and full of adrenaline."
The racing spotlight will today shine on Victoria Derby day at Melbourne's famous Flemington track.
It was there in 2008 that jockey Clare Lindop claimed a female triumph in the race with 100-1 shot Rebel Raider.
Bowtell hopes to make her own success. "I dream I could be riding on Derby or Perth Cup day," the daughter of WA trainer John Bowtell said.
"I've grown up with horses and love riding and spending every day with them. I want to do it for as long as I can."
Bowtell was recently dubbed the "Queen of Carnarvon" after riding nine winners in two months at the town's track.