READY TO GO: Teenager Jess Gilchrist will have her first drive at Wagga on Saturday night on Lighting Colony. Picture: Laura HardwickSix months after gaining her licence, Wagga teenager Jess Gilchrist will have her firstdrive.

Gilchrist will line up on her home track aboard Lighting Colony for boss Bernie Kelly on Saturday night.

While thereare some nerves ahead of her debut, the 19-year-old is glad the waitisover and is ready to seize the moment.

“I’m pretty nervous but I think I am a bit more excited than nervous,” Gilchrist said.

“I can’t wait.”

Gilchrist has been raring to show what she has on the trackand finally gets the opportunity for her race drive.

After working for the Wagga trainerfor the past six years, has had to bide her time before hitting the track.

However,she has been given the all clear and will be behind Lighting Colony in the Industry Conference Two & Three Year Old Pace(2165m).

“I’ve had my licence for a while but the boss (Kelly) wanted me to get a bit more experience in the trials,” she said.

After two wins last season, Lighting Colony is still looking to breakthrough as a three-year-old butGilchrist is confident of a good showing.

“He has a good draw and it is not a bad field but hopefully I want be far away,” she said.

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