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Darren summed it up as it should be,...councilling anyone lol,...fair dinkum.
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I wonder if a young & curious apprentice has ever raised the topic of hooking one at apprentice school. serious. not thinking about the implications, but a wet behind the ears kid might just blurt it out without thought...or a kid might have strong values of honesty etc and genuinely want to know. im sure no kid learning the trade has not heard about such conduct in the riding ranks.

Id love to hear the response from the ex jockey who has to answer
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Brooke Sweeney now a senior rider. (As of today)
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Jordan Grob rode his 1st NZ winner today, currently with Tony Pike
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Good young kid, thanks for the updates. Spent a bit of time down here at Geelong.
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the apprentices are so good now that soon senior riders will struggle to survive.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Carioca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 9:19pm
Wall to Wall racing, mate they have never had it so good, upwards of $200a ride, Plenty were driving taxi's in my younger days with about 1/4 of the meetings they have today.
54kg limit in a lot of racing to day , have a look at most of them, little pocket dynamo's,on a 44kg limit , that's when the going got tough, today..........luxury mate.
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The above post was in reference to jockey's.
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Emerging South Australian-based apprentice Kayla Crowther will make the bold move to be based at Pakenham as of next week.

Crowther who had a break out season in 2017/18 will be on loan to former South Australian-based trainer Phillip Stokes for three months.

In season 2016/17 Kayla rode 13 winners, but in 2017/18 she improved dramatically riding 79 winners and placing on a further 126 occasions.

This improvement was recognised on and off the track. Crowther gained her first Group 1 ride in the 2018 Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville and was awarded the South Australian Junior Sports Star of the Year Award.

The move will see Crowther ride against some of the best jockeys in Australia, but Stokes is confident that she’ll be able to hold her own.

“She has a lovely relaxed style, she’s well balanced and most importantly she’s a patient rider,” Stokes mentioned.

“We wanted to get her over before the carnival so that she can have plenty of opportunities and feel comfortable out there”.

Speaking at Bordertown yesterday, Crowther couldn’t hide her excitement about the move.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m very grateful that Phillip and his team are allowing me to move and learn against some of the best,” she said.

“The facilities are amazing at Pakenham and I can’t wait to get involved and work hard”.

Stokes who recently made the move to Pakenham from South Australia said he hopes the move will as positive for her as it has been for him.

“The Pakenham facilities are unbelievable, our horses have certainly improved and they’re enjoying working on the quality surface here,” he discussed.

“My son Tommy is currently working there while I’m at the Gold Coast sales and he’s blown away with the set-up.”

While still settling in, Stokes said he’s been fortunate enough to have plenty of jockeys interested in riding track work and riding for him on race day.

“Regan Bayliss and Dylan Dunn have been coming out and helping us regularly and we’ve had plenty of interest in our runners from some of the leading jockeys in the state which is always positive,” he said.

Stokes has been active at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales purchasing two yearlings and he is hoping to acquire a few more before the sale ends.
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New RV apprentices get started 2019


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14 March, 2019


Six female and four male aspiring riders were on Thursday inducted into Racing Victoria's Apprentice Jockey Training Program, all aiming to become the next stars of the saddle.

The 10 budding hoops include three teenagers whose fathers are Group 1-winning jockeys: Jaden Lloyd, whose father Jeff has dominated Queensland's racing circuit for the past two decades; Will Price, whose dad Simon will ride South Australian raider Balf's Choice in the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington this Saturday; and Campbell Rawiller, whose father Nash and uncle Brad have won multiple races at the elite level.

Lloyd, who at 17 is the youngest of the trio, will be indentured to the Lindsay Park stable at Flemington; 19-year-old Price will start his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of his uncle, Ballarat-based trainer Dan O'Sullivan; and Mornington horseman Logan McGill will take Rawiller, 18, under his wing.

The three will be joined in the AJTP by seven other apprentices who will also aim to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Craig Williams, Beau Mertens, Ben Allen and Steph Thornton, who have all graduated from the elite program.

Laura Lafferty, 20, will combine her university studies with her apprenticeship with esteemed Cranbourne trainer, Mick Kent.

The keen athlete, who regularly competes in domestic triathlon competitions, comes from a racing background, with dad Peter a former jockey and her grandfather Kevin - who has a hurdle race named after him at Warrnambool - a renowned trainer.      

Carleen Hefel, 29, has been riding trackwork and in trials and jumpouts for several years, and will now begin her apprenticeship in Pakenham under trainer Julien Welsh.

In addition to Rawiller, three other apprentices will also be based at stables in Mornington: Kiran Quilty (Shane Nichols), Celine Gaudry (Pat Carey) and Matthew Cartwright (Lyn Tolson).

Cartwright is the youngest of the recruits, but the 16-year-old comes from sound racing bloodlines with his father Rikki an accomplished jockey and his grandmother (Tolson) running a small stable on the peninsula.

Similarly, Quilty's father, Cameron, recorded more than 200 career victories in the saddle, and his 18-year-old daughter has already showed some riding prowess with a number of equestrian awards to her name.

Kayla Atkinson, an 18-year-old who will commence her apprenticeship with her mother, Kilmore trainer Alicia Macpherson, and 25-year-old Emily Brown, who will be based at Matthew Williams' stables in Warrnambool, round out the class of 2019 who will spend the next four years honing their race riding skills under RV Apprentice Jockey Coaches Darren Gauci and Matt Pumpa.

The new intake will also receive specialist guidance from an expert team of physical trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists and sports psychologists, who will give them the best possible chance of reaching the top of the jockey ranks.

"The first day of the jockey program is always an exciting one for the new apprentices and their families, as they embark on a journey which we hope will lead to a successful career in the saddle," said Greg Carpenter, RV's Executive General Manager - Racing.

"Over the next four years, these 10 aspiring young riders will learn every facet of what it takes to become an elite jockey in one of the country's most competitive sporting environments.

"It is again heartening to see a large percentage of female riders joining the AJTP, this continues the trend we have seen in recent years and I'm sure the success achieved by Michelle Payne, Steph Thornton and most recently by Jamie Kah since she moved to Melbourne will inspire even more young girls to enrol in the program."

The full list of apprentices joining the AJTP and their trainers is as follows:

Laura Lafferty (Michael Kent);

Carleen Hefel (Julien Welsh);

Kiran Quilty (Shane Nichols);

Celine Gaudry (Pat Carey);

Campbell Rawiller (Logan McGill);

Will Price (Dan O'Sullivan);

Kayla Atkinson (Alicia Macpherson);

Emily Brown (Matthew Williams);

Jaden Lloyd (Team Hayes); and

Matthew Cartwright (Lyn Tolson).




Edited by Gay3 - 15 Mar 2019 at 8:54pm
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