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  • Kayla a big winner – in more ways than one

    KAYLA Crowther capped another big week in her career winning Saturday’s $102,250 Birthday Cup at Morphettville aboard Declares War for Victorian horseman Matt Cumani. Crowther claimed a second Dux of the SA Apprentice Academy on Monday night and was scheduled to ride in Melbourne on Saturday, but the uncertainty surround...

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  • Back-to-back Dux awards for Kayla

    Kayla Crowther has captured Racing SA’s most prestigious apprentice jockey award for the second successive year. Crowther was named dux of this year’s crop at the 2020 TAB Apprentice Academy Awards Night, held at Morphettville Racecourse on Monday night. Crowther booted home 103 winners in the 2019-20 racing season and...

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  • Spotlight on SA apprentice jockeys

    The spotlight will shine on Racing SA’s apprentice jockeys on Monday night. Morphettville racecourse will host the 2020 TAB Apprentice Academy Awards night, when a list of gongs will be handed out, including the prestigious TAB Dux of the Academy. The 2020 awards were scheduled to be held in late...

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  • Apprentices steal the show in SA

    South Australia’s apprentice ranks stole the show on Saturday with a dominating day.  Led by Stacey Metcalfe, who landed a metropolitan treble, the next generation of riding talent produced nine winners across the two meetings at Gawler and Kangaroo Island.  Metcalfe celebrated a steady build since making SA home with...

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  • A conversation with: Desiree Stra

    Apprentice jockey Desiree Stra returned to the saddle in September, following a long break. After a number of minor placings, she broke back into the winner’s circle at Strathalbyn last week – via a successful protest – aboard Shellshocked for local trainer Gordon Richards. It was her 27th ride since...

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  • Premiership-leading Jess to stay in SA

    Leaving SA while leading the metropolitan jockeys’ premiership would be “silly” – so Jessica Eaton is staying. Eaton has significantly impacted the local racing since arriving from Victoria in July last year for more riding opportunities. The 27-year-old apprentice has ridden 34 metropolitan winners so far this season, three clear...

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  • Mum’s first winner makes Kayla’s ‘favourite day’

    Like many families, COVID-19 had made things difficult for SA jockey Kayla Crowther, her mother Claire and little brother Jack.  Being separated from her Ballarat-based loved ones for the best part of a year made last Saturday’s treble even sweeter for Kayla, who said prior to the Gawler meeting, her...

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  • Apprentices to debut, as Opperman steps up

    This long weekend marks red letter days for three South Australian apprentice jockeys. Ben Price and Angus Chung are set to have their first race rides at Friday’s Murray Bridge meeting, while rising star Jacob Opperman tackles his first metropolitan class meeting at Gawler on Saturday. Price has already attracted...

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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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