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Apprentice Academy Wrap: June 2023

Jacob Opperman had a big month in the saddle riding 10 winners across June.

The South-East rider, who won the 2021 Dux of the Racing SA Apprentice Academy, boasted a strike-rate of 25 per cent of runners to winners which included a four at city level building a strong association with Gawler horseman Aaron Bain in the process.

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“Jacob had a stellar month,’’ Racing SA Jockey Coach Dean Pettit said.

“Basing himself at Murray Bridge has led to him gaining extra rides and also going across to Gawler for Aaron Bain has been beneficial,’’ he said.

The next generation dominated at Balaklava on June 14 riding five of the seven winners.

Ben Price producing a double while Rochelle Milnes recorded her 30th career win when Jophiel broke through at start 43 for the Barry and Ali Brook stable.

Price, the 2022 Dux of the Academy, also had a double at Morphettville earlier in the month winning aboard Son Of Bielski for the Will Clarken and Nicki O’Shea stable and the Dean Saxon-trained Mr Marathon Man.

Britney Wong recorded her 30th win for the season aboard the Bill Bogarts-trained Viva La Vida at Port Augusta late in the month while Alana Livesey was busy with 59 rides.

“Rochelle (Milnes) and Britney (Wong) keep chalking up milestones and both have ambitions to make the step to metropolitan level which may come in the spring or summer,’’ Pettit said.

“And Ben Price continues to ride metro winners and is working through his 1.5kg claim with a goal to outside his claim which won’t be far away,’’ he said.

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