Sex worker Carly Electric flips horse racing world on its head

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She is horse racing’s hottest date – and proud of it.

The racing world sees itself as a broad church which welcomes everyone from butchers to bakers to candlestick makers.

But Carly Electric believes she has a unique role as the only sex worker in the Australian horse racing industry.

“A line I use a lot with clients is that ‘I’m your best bet’ – bookies surely don’t need everyone’s cash,” Electric said in an interview with

“From my understanding, I am the only sex worker in the horse racing industry, let alone a sex worker who can do form and owns horses. I saw pretty quickly there are not many women like me inside the horse racing industry.

“I am the first, but I won’t be the last.”

Electric is currently in the ownership of three racehorses, including well-performed Bjorn Baker-trained Sydney sprinter Iowna Merc and Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Greyt Thinker.

A former designer, Electric became a sex worker six years ago and says she now jets all over Australia to go to race days where she charges clients $2500 for a “race day experience.”

Other services are extra. Electric charges $10,000 for spending a weekend with her.

She says she “definitely has a lot of clients inside the racing industry” and knows trainers and jockeys all over the country.

Electric, who lives on the Gold Coast but grew up in Melbourne, believes she has found a niche business by taking clients to big race days like Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby day.

“With racing being such a male-dominated industry, men love having a chat about what they are backing, what won, what race tracks they like to go to,” Electric said.

“Not a lot of men can talk to women about it, so they find it really fun that we can have an amazing time together and talk horses non-stop.

“It makes men feel very comfortable because it’s actually in their own comfort zone, in the realm of what they know, going to the races, and punting.

“There are times when I will talk about horses for eight hours straight, I am totally fine with that.

“Maybe if they were booking somebody else who didn’t have the same interests as me, they might struggle to find things to talk about.

“I would have to say I’m at a point now, where there is less physical labour that I actually have to do.

“I am at a point where there is a lot of purely companionship in what I do.

“However, of course, I would have to say there is maybe a 40 per cent chance that I am going to be intimate with them. I go all around the country, I honestly fly from race day to race day.

“Last year I flew from (Victoria) Derby day to doing Melbourne Cup day at Randwick.

“I definitely have a lot of clients inside the racing industry.”

Electric says she was bitten by the racing bug as a young girl, when champion trainer Lee Freedman was a school dad at the school where she was educated in Melbourne.

She pinpointed that as the moment she wanted to get involved in racing, laughing that Freedman “walked through the school like a celebrity.”

Later, Electric developed a subscription-based tipping service on social media called TNT Punting.

She has now let the paid service lapse, but it grew her interest in racing.

She also embarked on horse racing ownership – initially spending $500 for a small share of a racehorse in Queensland.

“I wanted to get into the whole punting side of things, I loved putting a bet on and going to the TAB for Melbourne Cup,” Electric said.

“So I joined a couple of different paid punting groups and I would be the only female in these groups.

“They were such boys’ clubs. At its peak, we had five staff at TNT.

“There were different levels of packages, you could either just pay for the tips or get the extra X-rated sections with your membership.

“At the time, I was the biggest female-led punting group in Australia.

“I decided I would love to own horses as well, I started watching Magic Millions Sales and doing research on pedigrees.”

Away from the race tracks of Australia, Electric says much of her sex work still involves racing to some degree.

“I will have a booking coming up on a Saturday, the client arrives in the hotel room and they will often ask if we can watch the races together and put some bets on,” Electric said.

“I think men want to be able to share it (punting) with a fun, attractive female, because that’s not something they are used to.”

Electric says she feels widely accepted within racing and believes the sport has come a long way in a short time with regards to female involvement.

Whether it is direct participation in racing, or what she does, Electric says she loves that females are getting more involved in the industry.

“Back when I was a kid, just about the only thing that a woman did in racing was Fashions On The Field,” she said.

“That’s not for me and it’s not for a lot of women in the industry.

“I think having more females in the horse racing industry these days is fantastic, no matter what they are there for and what they do.”

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