Queensland aiming to hit back in Heat 2 of National Apprentice Series
Queensland’s leading apprentice jockeys will do battle with the best apprentices from interstate in Heat 2 of the National Apprentice Series at Doomben tomorrow (Race 6 at 3:53pm).
Premiership leading jockey James Orman, who has already ridden 105 winners this season, will get his chance at redemption after taking part in the opening heat of the series at Sandown last Wednesday, where he finished unplaced on outsider Any Given Bender.
Victoria took first blood in Heat 1 of the series and currently lead on 7 points ahead of South Australia (5 points), Tasmania (3 points), Western Australia (2 points) and Queensland (1 point).
At Doomben tomorrow though, Orman will be joined by a contingent of nine other leading apprentices from Queensland including Luke Dittman, the son of champion jockey Mick Dittman, and the likes of Matthew McGillivray and Brooke Stower, who are currently third and fifth respectively on the QLD Metropolitan Apprentices Premiership.
Victoria will be represented by Beau Mertens, the son of Group 1 winning jockey Peter, who has already notched 64 career winners since commencing his apprenticeship with Mick Kent in 2014.
Young gun Clint Johnston-Porter will fly the flag for Western Australia. The 17-year-old is currently leading the WA Metropolitan Apprentices Premiership and is second overall behind the dominant William Pike in the WA Statewide Jockeys Premiership.
Caitlin Jones, who was judged last year’s best second year apprentice in her home state, will represent South Australia, while Hong Kong native Victor Wong will represent Tasmania.
Additional heats of the National Apprentice Series will be held in Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia from March through to May.
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Story courtesy Racing Queensland