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Aitken under observation after fall

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Young apprentice Mitch Aitken has been taken to hospital for observation after a nasty fall at Swan Hill on Sunday.

The 17-year-old took a tumble after his mount Kerang Inferno broke down badly shortly after the start of the third race.

Aitken was knocked out for a short time but regained consciousness and he was able to move all his limbs and seemed quite stable.

He was loaded into the ambulance and taken to Swan Hill District Health for observation.

Aitken, who collected his first winner at Wodonga last month, had enjoyed some success at the Swan Hill Carnival, saluting onboard Jay Al Cracker for his boss Gerald Egan on Saturday.

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I'm biased so my opinion's probably too skewed in his favour but geez, I thought that's a part of good riding tho' I haven't seen the stewards report as to collateral damage Wink

Apprentice Boyd fighting suspension

  • 16 June, 2015
  • |Tom Biddington 

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Apprentice Anthony Boyd is appealing against a suspension he received at Echuca on Monday for ‘excessively reducing the speed’.

Boyd was given a 10-meeting stint on the sidelines for his winning ride on Dubai King in the ninth race and he has lodged an appeal against the decision and severity of the penalty.

He originally pleaded guilty to the charge, but he has applied to amend his plea to ‘not guilty’.

The appeal will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at 10.15am on Friday, June 19.

His penalty starts at midnight on Tuesday but a stay of proceedings was not required.


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Darryl Sherer - 21 Jun 2015

Three Victorian apprentices have been suspended for two weeks for kicking a football indoors.

Stephen Brown, Ben Allen and Jordan Grob have been suspended for two weeks following an enquiry into an incident at the Racing Victoria training facility, which accommodates training for apprentices, last Thursday.

Evidence was also taken from Dean Cruise, an official of Racing Victoria in the presence of Ron Hall, supervisor of the apprentice jockeys.

Brown, Grob and Allen all pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(p) for failing to comply with the direction of an official given on Thursday morning, to refrain from engaging in conduct with the use of a Sherrin football indoors.

Brown’s suspension will commence at midnight June 20 and expire at midnight July 4. Allen’s suspension to commence at midnight June 19 and expire at midnight July 3 with Grob’s suspension to commence at midnight June 23 and to expire at midnight July 7.


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Is this a joke???


Victoria, the laughing stock of australia.

They allow blokes who use drugs on horses to keep training, but ban three teenagers for kicking a footy.


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I'm guessing they'd been told to stop more than once & as discipline doesn't start at home these days, in many cases, it has to start somewhere. As an owner &/or trainer, I'd prefer these kids had some semblance of discipline rather than taking the law into their own hands when given race riding instructions.
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Anthony Boyd: As pretty a ride as you'd see from anyone let alone a 3kg claimer, on Echuca R6 - 10 Liming at $16. Last to the turn over the mile, hugged the rail, took the gap in the straight & won nicely.
He explained afterwards that she needs to be ridden 'neutral' early in order to find her rhythm & breathing which enabled her to finish off, unlike her last start where she was fired out.
Only a few wins left before the claim goes & I reckon his city mounts'll be over the odds 'till more than a few catch on.
Missed his ride on the Musgrove maiden but paid $17 place.
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Family affair as Hope claims first winner

  • 1 November, 2015
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It was a family affair for Racing Victoria apprentice Tahlia Hope as she claimed her first career winner at Kilmore on Sunday.

Hope is indentured to her father and grandfather – the training combination of Shannon and Lee Hope – and the win was even more special as she guided home Danvito for them.

Despite being slowly away, Danvito whipped around the field shortly afterwards and Hope kept the $10 chance rolling in the straight, holding off a late challenge to prevail.

The 17-year-old couldn’t hide her delight, punching the air after she crossed the line.

Amazingly, the success came at just her second race ride with the promise of more to come.

Hope gets the chance to keep the momentum going with two more bookings for the stable at Wangaratta on Tuesday.

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I understand it was your first winner but sitting up and flapping around like a clown is not a good look. Sit down fool
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It was her 1st winner, your a bit harsh Shawy, kids gonna be kids.
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While most of her classmates are still sleeping, 16-year-old Stephanie Thornton is at the racecourse.

A first-year apprentice jockey with lofty ambitions, her debut on the track was on the same day another female jockey - Michelle Payne - was making history.

"I'm going to win the 2020 Melbourne Cup,” she said. “It's every jockey's dream to win the Melbourne Cup and to see a female win it was without a doubt a very historic moment.”

But first she has to finish high school. This week Stephanie is cramming for Year 12 exams, taking VCE subjects a year ahead in the hopes of graduating early so that she can devote more time to racing in what is an increasingly competitive field in Victoria.

"We have over 50 apprentices so ideally you need to go out there and ride the best you can every time, because if you make a mistake trainers have other options because there are so many jockeys," she said.

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Studying at home.

The third child of trainer Glenn Thornton, her two older brothers are also jockeys.

Although a male-dominated sport, Mr Thornton said he doesn't expect Stephanie to be any less successful than her brothers.

"Some horses actually run a lot better for girls and no one could deny that,” he said. “But you look at your Hughey Bowmans, they're not there to hustle and bustle a horse, it's all about how you relate to your horse, and how you control them with your hands.”

And considering Racing Victoria's 2015 crop of first-and-second-year apprentices was more than 50 per cent female, it's clear gender isn't an issue.

Training three days a month in Flemington, graduates also earn certificates in fitness and racing.

Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry said the goal was to ensure apprentices had a successful career on and off the racetrack.

"We want to provide a safe working environment, we want to make sure their welfare is looked and also to make sure they're well rounded individuals,” he said. “To ensure they've got enough development and expertise to not only enjoy their careers in racing buy to ensure they have a career after racing."

The four-year apprentice program teaches everything from athletic development to business, to prepare students for all aspects of life as a jockey.

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Stephanie Thornton said there's more involved in racing than just riding horses.

"It's certainly not just, 'Get in the car and go to the races and do what you have to do'. In all honesty there's everything behind the scenes. You pretty much run your own business. You are your own business."

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School is out for graduating apprentices

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School is officially out for nine Victorian apprentice jockeys who successfully graduated from Racing Victoria’s (RV) Apprentice Jockey Training Program (AJTP) in a ceremony held at Moonee Valley Racecourse last night. 

The graduation ceremony was a fitting finale to the talented group’s training at RV, with each young athlete graduating with a Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) as well as a Certificate III in Fitness. 

The AJTP aims to develop professional athletes for an international career in the racing industry and is conducted with partners including the Victorian Institute of Sport and Exercise Research Australia. 

Apprentices were put through their paces under the watchful eye of RV’s Jockey Coaches, retired jockey Matthew Pumpa and former Victorian trainer Matthew Hyland; Jockey Wellbeing and Safety Officer, Ron Hall; and Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor, Melissa Weatherley. 

Specialist skill delivery in race riding and performance analysis, sports science and nutrition, media and business skills are also provided throughout the course to ensure individuals are well equipped for both their time in the saddle and pursuits in their life after racing. 

RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, congratulated the graduating class of 2015 and said he was confident their success on the racetrack would continue as they progress throughout their career in the industry. 

“On behalf of the entire industry, I’d like to congratulate these nine apprentices on completing their formal studies as part of Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program,” Saundry said. 

“It’s been a pleasure to watch these young jockeys flourish throughout the four years of their formal training, both in the classroom at Racing Victoria and out on the track where they have each experienced success already. 

“Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program is globally recognised as a world-leading high performance program, and I’m confident that it has helped equip these athletes with the requisite skills to become stars of the saddle, and more importantly, well-rounded and respected individuals off the track in all aspects of their lives.” 

Two coveted awards, the Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA) Outstanding Apprentice Jockey and the Andrew Gilbert Principles of Sports Science Award, were also presented on the night. 

The Outstanding Apprentice Jockey Award was presented to Patrick Moloney, a winner of more than 220 races, including 83 metropolitan meetings, who is the only jockey of his class to achieve the rare feat of out-riding both his provincial and metropolitan claim. 

The 22-year-old who made his race-riding debut in July 2012, also displayed exemplary testing results with Exercise Research Australia (ERA and was awarded the Principles of Sports Science Award, named in honour of Victorian apprentice Andrew Gilbert who tragically lost his life in a race fall at Benalla in 2001. 

The 2015 graduating class is as follows: 

- Chris Caserta: The 20-year-old is apprenticed to trainer Wez Hunter at Mornington and rode 22 winners during his time in the AJTP;

- Jordan Childs: The 19-year-old is apprenticed to trainer Patrick Payne at Plumpton and rode 145 winners during his time in the AJTP;

- Michael Dee: The New Zealand-born 19-year-old is apprenticed to trainer Mick Price at Caulfield and has ridden 54 winners since joining the AJTP at the start of 2015;

- Jack Martin: The 20-year-old is apprenticed to Pat Carey at Mornington and rode 26 winners during his time in the AJTP;

- Patrick Moloney: The 22-year-old is apprenticed to his father, trainer Gerard Moloney, at Caulfield and rode 220 winners during his time in the AJTP;

- Samantha Noble: The 20-year-old is apprenticed to her father, trainer Steven Noble at Seymour, and rode 12 winners during her time in the AJTP;

- Jessica Payne: The 23-year-old is apprenticed to trainer Greg Eurell at Cranbourne and rode 63 winners during her time in the AJTP;

- Nathan Punch: The 20-year-old is apprenticed to trainer Robbie Griffiths at Cranbourne and has ridden 6 career wins to date;

- Brooke Sweeney: The 20-year-old is apprenticed to Wangaratta trainer John Ledger and has ridden 66 career wins to date

All nine jockeys will remain apprentices for a period lasting four years from their race debut, with options available to extend this. 

A new crop of prospective apprentice jockeys will begin AJTP classes at RV next month where they will be officially inducted.



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Cartwright debuts

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Fresh from celebrating the graduation of nine students from its Apprentice Jockey Training Program, Racing Victoria (RV) will welcome the newest member of its riding fraternity to the racetrack this weekend. Victorian apprentice Georgina Cartwright is set to make her race riding debut at Bendigo on Sunday afternoon – 24 hours later than expected.

The 22-year-old from Albury was originally set to partner two horses for trainer Jamie Edwards – to whom she is apprenticed – on at Colac tomorrow but due to the extreme hot weather predicted across the state the meeting was today abandoned.

“It was a bit disappointing because I was set for my first ride for my stable on Saturday but I’m still really happy that I have another ride on Sunday for Stephen Brown,” Cartwright said.

“I wasn’t expecting to ride until early next year but I got a bit more experience under my belt than what I thought and I’m looking forward to Sunday.

“I’ll be pretty nervous on the day but once I get riding out the gates I’m hoping it will just be like trials.”

Cartwright, whose older brother Josh was a top Victorian apprentice now riding in Adelaide, said she is looking forward to making riding a family affair.

“Josh really wanted to come and ride with me on Sunday but he had commitments at race meetings in Adelaide.We’re going to have a competition between us once I start riding and we’ll make it competitive,” Cartwright said.

With just 16 months between the pair, Cartwright will be eagerly awaiting her brother’s advice when she rides aboard nine-year-old gelding Canali in race 7 on Sunday.

“He’s helped me a lot with my riding. I normally speak to him on a daily basis and ask him little questions about what sort of gear I should buy and that sort of thing. He watches my trials and he can be a pretty harsh critic but I’d prefer him to be straight up, because it’s all constructive.”

Cartwright has just completed her first year in RV’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program.

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Sweeney rides a quartet at Albury

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Apprentice Brooke Sweeney showed she has no trouble at all handling the heat, chalking up a stunning quartet of winners at Albury on Saturday.

With all Victorian meetings called off on Saturday due to forecast scorching temperatures, Sweeney – apprenticed to Wangaratta horseman John Ledger – crossed the border to New South Wales with perfect results.

The 21-year-old, who graduated from Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program on Thursday, went four-from-four on Saturday, including riding three winners for father and trainer Phil Sweeney

Sweeney kicked off her remarkable day when steering Gentleman Charlie ($61) to his maiden win, with the Hard Spun gelding having finished last at Echuca in his only previous start.

After causing the upset, Sweeney then saluted on equal favourites Tolstoy ($4) and Me And You ($5), before making it a race-to-race-to-race treble when getting home punters’ choice Our Project ($3.80).

It was clearly a personal-best effort in any one day of racing for Sweeney, whose previous best was riding a double.

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It was a memorable day at Warrnambool for apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright who recorded her first victory aboard Rose of Texas at only her sixth start. 

The 22-year-old, who is the older sister of fellow apprentice Josh Cartwright, secured the maiden triumph in the aptly named Michael Lucas Accounting Handicap after which she revealed her decision to pursue a career in the saddle actually followed a brief period as an accountant.

“When I finished school four years ago I studied accounting but that was a bit boring so I decided to ride a bit of trackwork while I was working in my accounting job and I loved it,” Cartwright said.

“I also saw my brother riding plenty of winners so I decided to get into the apprentice program.

“I suppose you could say that (Josh inspired me) but I’d like to be better than him!

“I only had my first ride last week so I was pretty happy to get the win for (trainer) Alan Hunter who I ride lots of outside for and it’s a credit to him for getting this horse ready.”

Hunter said he came to the races confident the horse could win and was thrilled to have provided Cartwright with her first winner.

“Georgie’s just been sensational. She’s done 99% of the trackwork this campaign and she deserves the reward," Hunter said.

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Boyd's belated Christmas gift

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Santa Claus may have left his run a little bit late, but mature age apprentice Anthony Boyd certainly isn’t complaining.

The 29-year-old first-year apprentice received a belated Christmas present from Old Saint Nick on Monday morning, which arrived in the form of a phone call from Flemington trainer Tommy Hughes.

Hughes was hoping to engage a three-kilogram claiming apprentice to partner his promising pair Gold Cufflinks and Mister Miyagi at William Hill Park (Sandown) on Wednesday.

It took Boyd less than a millisecond to accept the opportunity.

The Hughes-trained pair will provide the young rider the chance to achieve a life-long dream and make his metropolitan race riding debut. 

Few apprentices have taken as dramatic a path to success as Boyd. 

“Two years ago, if you had told me I’d be riding at Sandown I would have laughed,” he said.  

“I was 78 kilograms, a track rider and basically raising two kids on a track riders wage, so things were pretty tough.

“I’d have never dreamt of having my first ride at Sandown a couple of years down the track - I thought that opportunity had well-and-truly passed me by.”

A swift reality check courtesy of a home video — coupled with the constant support of his wife, and his employer, trainer Danny O’Brien — inspired the father of two to lose a bit of weight.

That bit turned into a lot, and within a matter of months, Boyd stripped down to a lean 52 kilograms. His transformation reinvigorated his life and career.

On Wednesday Boyd will make his metropolitan debut alongside the likes of Damien Oliver, Dwayne Dunn and Mark Zahra, and said his decade-long stint as a track rider had prepared him for what otherwise would have been an overwhelming occasion.

“It’ll be great. Just to ride work with them was a big thing, and I’ve always had a lot of respect for them,” he said. 

“I’ve ridden with them for the past 10 years at Flemington and have built some really good relationships over that time.

“That being said, I’ve ben riding competitively against most senior jockeys around (since making my Victorian debut in March) and feel comfortable going to town. To improve you need to ride against the best and I feel prepared for it.” 

As for his mission on Wednesday, Boyd will walk into the jockeys’ rooms with an air of confidence.

Mister Miyagi put in a much-improved effort at William Hill Park (Lakeside) last-time out and Gold Cufflinks, though drawn wide, will improve second-up from a freshen-up.

However Boyd has one clear goal for his first race ride.

“The main aim there will be to beat the master’s horse home if I can, Skulduggery,” Boyd said with a laugh.

“His horse goes well, but from barrier one it looks like I should get an ideal run on Mister Miyagi and hopefully I’ll be finishing over the top of them.”

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Cartwright makes the right call

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Georgina Cartwright’s belated decision to pursue a career as a jockey paid immediate dividends when she won her first race at just her sixth ride at Warrnambool on Sunday. But now it’s down to business for the 22-year-old.

Cartwright, who is an older sister to fellow apprentice Josh, will chase her next winner at one of Victoria’s smallest tracks in one of its smaller towns when she rides at Burrumbeet on Friday before crossing the border to ride at Naracoorte in South Australia on Monday.

The apprentice hit the headlines last Sunday after her maiden win as she lived out a belated dream to become a jockey. She explained that the dream didn’t enter her head until Josh started riding some winners while she was studying to become an accountant.

‘’When I finished school, I decided to start an accounting degree. Maths I enjoyed and business – so I thought the two were basically accounting. Then I thought ‘this is a bit boring’ after I’d had two years of it.” Cartwright told Matt Stewart on Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN.

‘’Just the office life didn’t suit me. I didn’t so much mind the work but just sitting in an office all day when I could have been riding horses.’’

Cartwright said riding horses soon became addictive. ‘’I just decided to ride track work – just a couple of horses a morning to learn and then I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I was at work in meetings.

‘’I remember the first time I did evens (15 seconds for every 200 metres), I was that excited. It was only evens but that’s all I could think about for the rest of the day.’’

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Apprentice jockey charged over bet

By James Lamb Wednesday at 11:41amLiam Riordan will front the RAD Board next TuesdayApprentice jockey Liam Riordan faces two charges in relation to a $20 bet he placed at the Woolamai picnic race meeting on Saturday, April 9 this year.

Riordan will appear before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board next Tuesday morning.

The 18-year-old jockey has been charged with breaching AR 86(c) which states that "Every jockey or apprentice may be penalised: (c) If he bet, or facilitates the making of, or has any interest in a bet on any race or contingency relating to thoroughbred racing."

Riordan has also been accused of breaking AR 175(g): "Any person who gives at any interview, investigation, inquiry, hearing and/or appeal any evidence which is false and/or misleading in any particular."

The apprentice hoop made his riding debut on March 3 this year and booted home his first winner at non-TAB meeting Deniliquin on Anzac Day.
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Using the timescale precedent from Olivers suspension he will be outed for approximately half a day.
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I'd imagine the 2nd charge would be more of a concern then the first one, if he hasn't bet on a race he was involved him.
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So this jockey has a $20 bet at a picnic meeting that he does not even ride at!!

Someone has seen him and reports him and it becomes big news. He denies it as most kids would nd he is also charged with being a liar.

Bloody hell, he should have been taken aside at the apprentices school and rapped over the knuckles and told it was wrong, don't do it again or your career is in jeopardy and leave it at that.

Let's hope the stewards just give the kid a rap over the knuckles and use it as a warning to other jockeys that they can not bet on thoroughbred horse races anywhere
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Is it really that hard to get a family member to put a bet on for you?

My dad is in his 60's and barely bets, if he ever see's a horse he follows racing on a Saturday he rings me, takes less then a minute.
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Four weeks for young Liam. Didn't deserve the kitchen sink so will learn quickly and move on hopefully.
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Originally posted by WarriSymbol WarriSymbol wrote:

Originally posted by Rudolf Steiner Rudolf Steiner wrote:

And people wonder why racing is a dead sport. Nepotism still running rampant

Why on earth, with such a low number of places available for the apprentice intake, would a place go to a 15 year old who weighs 53kg and is 185cm tall?
Stephen Brown jnr had said as he is already clearly taller than his father he doesn't believe he will get any taller.
I can just about guarantee him that from 15 to 25 he will certainly get heavier.


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Jockey Weight: 03-10-2016 Echuca - Race 8 - Apprentice S Brown has altered his minimum riding weight for this meeting to 57.5kg.
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Victorian apprentice jockeys Stephanie Thornton and Melissa Julius will gain invaluable experience riding track work for two of the UK’s biggest racing stables next month after being selected for coveted scholarship positions.

The pair, who are part of Racing Victoria’s (RV) Apprentice Jockey Training Program, will be given the unique development opportunity as part of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authority’s (IFHRA) Racing Scholarship Fund, which is supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.

The Racing Scholarship Fund allows young, talented riders from IFHRA member bodies to gain invaluable experience to further their careers in the racing industry with international work and riding placements. 

Thornton, who has ridden 33 winners since beginning her riding career in November 2015, will spend three weeks with Newmarket-based horseman Ed Dunlop, a trainer well known to Australian racing fans via the deeds of popular stayer Red Cadeaux.

Thornton said: “It’ll be great to see the different way of training and will provide me with a fantastic opportunity to experience racing on the other side of the world with a leading trainer like Ed Dunlop.”

Julius, who has ridden 35 career winners including a metropolitan victory on debut in January, will also spend three weeks in Newmarket with Luca Cumani, a trainer that has prepared Group 1 champions Presvis, Starcraft and Falbrav.

Julius said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be presented with an opportunity to travel to Newmarket and ride for one of the world’s most successful trainers in Luca Cumani and I don’t think it’ll feel real until I’m actually over there.”

Jockey Melissa Julius after winning at her first attempt in metro grade (Image: Racing Photos)

RV’s Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor Melissa Weatherley said she was delighted that Thornton and Julius could continue the recent trend that has seen Victorian apprentices ride overseas.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the IFHRA and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which has paved the way for Stephanie and Melissa to take up this exciting scholarship,” she said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both young women and one I’m sure they will take great benefit from, just as Ben Thompson, Regan Bayliss, Jessica Payne and others have done in recent years.”

Thornton and Julius will depart Melbourne on Monday, 6 March. 


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Just noticed young apprentice Juana Andreou had couple of rides at the hurdle trials today. Apparently she's going to get her jumps license this season as well as still riding on the flat
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A victorian jockey has been stood down by stewards indefinitely after an irregularity urine sample was taken at the end of May.

Jockey Mitch Aitken has been stood down by stewards after a urine sample taken at Seymour on 24th May returned an irregular reading.
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Mitch Aitken will spend the next three months on the sidelines after Racing Victoria stewards suspended the young apprentice on Thursday for returning a positive test to a banned substance.

Aitken was stood down earlier this month after a urine test he provided at the Seymour Training Centre on May 24 returned an irregularity, which was later confirmed to be a banned substance under AR81B.

The 19-year-old can return to track riding once he provides a clean urine sample but will be absent from form guides until the spring with the ban ending on 8 September.

Aitken, who was on loan to Lindsay Park prior to being stood down, has ridden 27 winners this season, including six in Melbourne.

It is unknown what the banned substance was.
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Apprentice jockey Jess Eaton will make her metro riding debut on Wednesday.

Eaton, who is currently serving her apprenticeship under Terry and Karina O'Sullivan at Stawell, is booked aboard Eclat for Patrick Ryan in the Thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap (1600m) at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside.

The 23-year-old has ridden 32 winners in her career to date, and is eligible to claim 3kg in town, which would take Eclat's weight carried down to 51kg in the Benchmark 70.

She rode four-year-old mare Eclat last start at Casterton, when narrowly beaten in a 1400m 0-58.
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Apprentices Brandon Stockdale and Mitch Aitken have had their privileges to race-ride suspended until next Monday for misconduct.

Stockdale will be permitted to fulfil riding engagements he was already committed to at Sandown on Wednesday and Mornington on Thursday before beginning his punishment and will be sidelined until Monday along with Aitken, who had no rides booked for either of those meetings.

In an incident that occurred on Monday, which was the final day for the fourth-year apprentices as part of Racing Victoria's Apprentice Jockey Training Program, Stockdale and Aitken displayed an 'unsatisfactory demeanour and attitude' toward a tutor.

Stockdale and Aitken appeared before a stewards' inquiry on Tuesday at Moe after an official complaint was lodged, with Chief Steward Darren Triandafillou reinforcing to them that they must present and conduct themselves in the right manner at all times no matter where they are.

Apprentice mentor Darren Gauci admitted the two boys were simply 'kids being kids' but also stated the program is an important tool to help apprentices progress with their careers, and conduct must remain at a high standard while they attend in order to become a good rider and also a good person.
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