Jockey Simon Miller is dressed for a day in the snow.
But instead of spending a day on the slopes, Miller is heading to trackwork in Canberra.
The former Border based jockey relocated to the nation's capital more than five years ago.
Miller revealed it can get as low as minus six some mornings when riding trackwork.
"This may seem strange but riding trackwork when it's minus two is not too bad," Miller said.
"But when it gets below minus two and down to minus six, it gets unbearable.
"When it gets that cold, you literally can't feel your hands or your feet.
"When your hands and feet start stinging from the cold it's a sign that the temperature is warming up a bit.
"Usually I have to get up at 3.30am to be ready for trackwork which commences at 4am."
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Miller said several layers of clothes and a neck gaiter provided little comfort in the freezing conditions.
"I check the temperature before I go and if it's anything below minus two I wear ski pants plus a pair of jeans, a thermal top, jumper and a Kathmandu jacket," he said.
"Kathmandu jackets aren't cheap but are worth every cent in my opinion.
"I also wear a neck gaiter which you can pull up over your face.
"It's probably the most important thing because it makes a huge difference.
"But it doesn't matter what you wear, you still end up freezing with the breeze going straight through you when you are riding."
Miller revealed the horses aren't immune from the cold either.
"Quite often when you get back to the stable after a gallop the horse's forelock (fringe) is frozen and standing straight up like there is gel in there," he said.
"Sometimes it's so cold that you can snap the whiskers on their chin off because they are frozen."
Miller is set to relocate to Darwin this week for the winter to escape the arctic conditions in Canberra.
He will ride predominantly for local trainer Chris Nash.
The Darwin Cup carnival commences next month culminating in the $100,000 feature on August 2.
Miller said there is a chronic shortage of jockeys in the Top End at the moment.
"Flights to Darwin are fairly expensive at the moment so it's not worth jockeys flying in for a meeting," he said.
"That's led to a shortage of jockeys.
"Instead of the usual $220 for a ride, it's $330 to make it more attractive for jockeys to ride there."
Miller has six rides at Albury on Tuesday before catching a flight to Darwin the following day.
The Pat Widdup-trained Miss Shadowlake looks the best of his rides for the day.
Miss Shadowlake finished runner-up in a recent trial at Wagga and will be making her debut in the $22,000 Maiden Handicap, (900m).
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