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Apprentices take centre stage in Montgomerie/Forrest Series

The future generation of South Australian riding talent will be on show when the 2022 Montgomerie/Forrest Apprentice Series kicks off at Strathalbyn on Sunday.

The three-race series honours Simone Montgomerie and Caitlin Forrest who tragically passed away in race falls.

Montgomerie started her career with Goolwa trainer David Jolly before became the first female to ever win the Northern Territory Jockey Premiership, while Forrest won the SA Provincial and Country Apprentice Jockey of the Year Award in the 2013/14 season.

Leading apprentice, and current leader of the Metropolitan Jockey premiership, Ben Price won last year’s series and will partner Sausalito for Matt Seyers in the opening heat which has attracted strong support from trainers.

“We’re excited for this year’s series which honours of two great riders who meant a lot to South Australian racing,’’ Racing SA Jockey Coach Dean Pettit said.

“Getting a full field of 13 runners really shows where our apprentice group is at.

“And the support from trainers is testament to that,’’ he said.

The series continues at Strathalbyn on December 14 before finishing up there on January 15.

Sunday’s meeting also features the 2022 Bremerton Wines Vignerons Cup which sees the return to racing of multiple Country Cup winner Fulton Street, one of two runners from the David Jolly stable. Richard and Chantelle Jolly also have two runners in the feature; Does It and Sparkup.

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