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  • Final 3 rounds of apprentice jockey series officially abandoned

    THE remainder of 2020 National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) has been cancelled, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The opening two legs of the series were held in Tasmania and Western Australia in March, before the final three legs were postponed in the wake of coronavirus-related travel restrictions. However, this week a...

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  • A conversation with… Jockey Maggie Collett

    SA-based apprentice jockey Margaret ‘Maggie’ Collett scored her biggest career win recently when the Will Clarken-trained Handsome Return won the 2020 City of Port Augusta Cup. Maggie, who moved to South Australia from Melbourne late last year, is indentured to the David Jolly stable. We asked the 22-year-old about her...

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  • Alice warms to Darwin riding stint

    A yearning for career development has prompted jockey Alice Lindsay to swap the chilly South Australian winter for the warmer climes of Darwin. This time next week Alice will be in the Top End starting what she hopes will be a year-long riding stint. “I’ve never been to Darwin, so...

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  • Jockey Jacob’s ‘best things’ so far

    The best things about being a jockey. Every jockey’s first winner is special to them, but 16-year-old Jacob Opperman’s breakthrough success had a particularly homely feel.  Back on May 3, Jacob guided L’amarybelle to victory at Bordertown, completing a nice little ‘circle of life’ moment.  “It was for a trainer...

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  • Kayla’s excited, but mainly grateful about her milestone

    ‘Who to thank’ trumped Kayla Crowther’s feelings of excitement and relief when she achieved the notable feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim at Morphettville last Saturday. Kayla brought up her 80th metropolitan winner on the Phillip Stokes stable’s two-year-old Instant Celebrity, bringing a premature conclusion to her apprenticeship, due to...

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  • Kayla Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan

    Kayla Crowther was the most successful jockey at Saturday’s meeting at Morphettville – in more ways than one. Most importantly, Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan win to achieve the impressive and rare feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim. She got the milestone out of the way in race one,...

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  • Lucky 7: Poon and Chan combine to boost Academy’s reputation

    The reputation of TRSA’s Apprentice Academy was further enhanced last weekend via sparkling performances by two former Adelaide-based jockeys in Hong Kong. Matthew Poon and Alfred Chan won a combined tally of seven of the 10 races decided, momentarily taking the spotlight from the epic premiership battle between Zac Purton...

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  • Eran really does ‘Love the Horse’

    Eran Boyd’s genuine love for horses – especially the two she keeps at home – was beamed out to a wide audience last week. Eran featured on Racing.com’s Love the Horse initiative – a month-long celebration of thoroughbreds that aims to highlight the many unique and important stories that promote...

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  • Kayla two winners away from joining select group

    Adelaide rider Kayla Crowther is poised to join the select band of apprentice jockeys to outride their city claim. Kayla needs just two more winners to notch her 80th metropolitan winner and automatically shed her current 1.5kg city allowance, despite having almost a year remaining on her apprenticeship. The 21-year-old...

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  • Scarlet’s So excited to be chasing her dreams

    Jockey Scarlet So has big dreams – including one day riding alongside Joe Moreira and Zac Purton in her homeland, Hong Kong – but is currently focused on making a success of her second South Australian visit. Scarlet is apprenticed to the Leon Macdonald/Andrew Gluyas yard and comes to Adelaide...

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  • Top jock reaches out to Jacob, whose focus shifts from Mt Gambier to Gawler

    A supportive text message from a high-profile Sydney jockey and some wise fatherly advice have helped 16-year-old apprentice jockey Jacob Opperman move on from a challenging first day at work. Jacob hit the headlines on Wednesday when his dream debut ride at Mount Gambier turned sour, through no fault of...

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  • Familiar name/new face to debut at Mount Gambier

    A familiar surname will appear on the Mount Gambier form guide this Wednesday – but in a different column. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Opperman, son of established Mount Gambier trainer Jamie Opperman, will have his first-ever race ride, on his home track. One – Redeeka – will be for his proud father,...

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  • For Listed-winner Lachy, a week is a long time in racing…

    The wheel can turn rapidly – and with a sense of irony – in thoroughbred racing. Take Lachy Neindorf’s past fortnight. At Morphettville on April 4 the star apprentice managed to fulfil all his riding commitments, despite clipping heels and half-falling/half-jumping from a mount mid-meeting. Seven days later, he benefited...

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  • Bella and Lachie star on action-packed day at The Parks

    Bella Vella was brilliant, jockey Lachie Neindorf had a career-best day, and two of his colleagues were also prominent during an action-packed day of racing at Morphettville Parks on Saturday. The nine-race card was highlighted by Bella Vella’s brilliant win in the Listed Hills Lightning Stakes (1000m), when the Will...

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  • Media Release: Apprentice Jerry Chau to return to Hong Kong

    Apprentice jockey Jerry Chau will return from South Australia to Hong Kong after being granted permission to ride by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). Chau, who arrived in SA in early 2019 and has ridden 62 winners this season, will ride in Hong Kong – pending a satisfactory mandatory...

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  • High five a personal achievement for determined apprentice Lizzie

    Given her “journey”, jockey Lizzie Annells’ fifth ever race win – at Port Lincoln recently – was more significant than most would realise. Lizzie’s win aboard Swing It Sister on Port Lincoln Cup day meant she had finally outridden her 4kg claim (now reduced to 3kg) and she was pumped,...

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  • National Apprentice Series Heat 2 Results - Ascot, Western Australia

    Heat 1 - Tasmania 4 March Wednesday March 4 saw the first round of the National Apprentice Race Series (NARS). Home-state Tasmania took the early series lead – when Lanish Luximon won the first race on Queen’s Needs. South Australian rider Sophie Logan picked up two point. The series now...

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  • SA apprentices ready to defend national race series title

    South Australia has unveiled its team to defend a national apprentice jockey title, starting in Tasmania this week. The SA line-up for the 2020 National Apprentice Race Series comprises three female riders and two male riders, with each jockey to compete in one designated apprentices-only race across the nation. South...

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  • Bound for Hong Kong with mixed emotions

    Jockey Gary Lo says leaving his friends behind in Adelaide will be the most difficult part of moving back to Hong Kong. Gary’s fledgling career received a potentially lucrative boost last week when he was granted a licence to ride in Hong Kong from March 29, ending his South Australian...

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  • Hasta La War heads Birthday Cup field

    Promising South-East stayer Hasta La War will take the next step on a possible TAB Adelaide Cup campaign in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup at Morphettville. The lightly raced gelding is shooting for five straight wins in the 2043m feature, a traditional stepping stone to next month’s 3200m...

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  • Media Release: Kayla Crowther wins SA’s top apprentice award

    Apprentice jockey Kayla Crowther has taken home the highest honour at this year’s Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Apprentice Academy Awards, winning the 2019 TAB Dux of the Academy award. In Crowther’s short time in the saddle, she has already won 189 races, with 32 winners for the 2018-19 racing season,...

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  • Are you interested in becoming a jockey?

    Thoroughbred Racing SA has been educating jockeys since the early 1980s. The Apprentice Academy has recently refreshed its branding to reflect the evolving landscapes of careers in racing and educating our younger generations and future participants.  TRSA’s Training Supervisor, Briony Moore says she sees significant changes in the apprentice jockeys...

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  • Teagan the latest Tassie Apprentice to join the SA ranks

    Tasmanian Apprentice Teagan Voorham will kick off her three month South Australian Apprentice stint at Gawler on Wednesday, a track which has already brought her some success. The 23-year-old has 671 career starts to her name for 60 wins and 152 placings and is currently the leading Tasmanian Apprentice with...

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  • King Kenny ready to make his Metro debut

    Hong Kong apprentice Kenny Lau will step out at Morphettville on Saturday June 8 as he makes his Metropolitan riding debut. Lau now has 45 wins and 84 placings to his name from 369 career starts. His strike rate is very good for an apprentice rider going at a 12%...

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  • Clark ready for her Singapore assignment

    Premiership leading jockey and last year’s TAB Apprentice Academy Dux, Raquel Clark will leave for Singapore on Sunday for a three week stint after claiming last year’s Academy top honour. Clark is well and truly on top of her game at the moment and more importantly on top of both...

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