All Female Cast To Represent WA In Nationals

25
Feb

Kristy Bennett has been selected to represent Western Australia in the National Apprentice series which kicks off in Tasmania next week.

Bennett will take part in the final leg of the series in Adelaide on April 1 where she will do battle against some of the best apprentice riders in Australia.

The 24-year-old Bennett, from a non-racing background, is relishing her second stint in racing after taking a break from the sport several years ago.

Bennett walked away from racing after struggling to cope with the demands and commitments required of an apprentice jockey.

Bennett has ridden 28 winners this season with the bulk of her success coming in the provincials where she has posted 23 wins.

Bennett claimed her first Saturday metropolitan victory on Patristic for host trainer, Jayne Busslinger in January, when leading.

Bennett says she is thrilled to be representing her state.

“It’s a great opportunity to be racing against different riders in a different state and environment,” Bennett told The Races WA.

“It will be good to test yourself against riders from around Australia, some of the best apprentices going around.

“It’s also a great chance to meet and expand your network, because you never know what the future holds.

“I’m involved in the final leg of the series where the winning result may come down to me, so the pressure might be on.”

Bennett’s Western Australian team mates include, Jade McNaught, Chloe Azzopardi and Beaux Banovic Edwards.

Edwards will launch the series in Hobart on March 4, McNaught will ride at Ascot on March 11 and Sandown two weeks later with Azzopardi to compete in the Doomben leg on March 18.

McNaught is Western Australia’s leading apprentice and sits second behind William Pike on the Perth metropolitan premiership with 42 wins.

The 31-year-old created WA racing history at Belmont last year when she became the first apprentice to ride six city winners on the same program.

Azzopardi will hit in the National series in peak form after posting the biggest win of her career on Flower Of War in the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) on February 15.

Banovic-Edwards, a daughter of former top horseman, David Edwards, is starting to hit her straps and ride regular winners, 17 overall and three in the city this season.

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au