Ascot To Stage Second Leg Of Apprentice Series


Four interstate riders from across Australia will converge on Perth to participate in the second leg of the National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) at Ascot.

Riders from Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania will join seven WA jockeys in the National Apprentice Challenge (1800m) on Wednesday.

Queensland has current bragging rights and sit two points clear on the leader board after Nathan Fazackerley drew first blood in Launceston last Saturday.

Inaugurated in 2008, the National Apprentice Series, which culminates in Melbourne, is Australia’s premier competition for apprentice jockeys.

The series draws together apprentice riders from around the country to represent the state in which they are registered to ride.

The state that accumulates the most points across the series will be crowned the overall winner. Victoria are the defending titleholders.

Anna Jordsjo, Baylee Nothdurft, Chris Graham and Michael Poy will represent South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria respectively.

Western Australian representation rests with Kate Witten, who recently celebrated her first Saturday double at Ascot.

23-year-old Jordsjo, who originates from Norway, has booted home close to 100 winners since commencing her apprenticeship four years ago.

Nothdurft is apprenticed in Toowoomba to experienced horseman, Lindsey Hatch and currently ranks fourth in the metropolitan premiership.

Irish-born Graham was Tasmania’s Leading Apprentice in 2017-18 and won the Tasmanian Apprentice School Dux title in 2016-17.

The 26-year-old claimed the Tasmania Guineas last year and recently rode Mystical Pursuit to victory in the Listed Elwick Stakes and Listed Gold Sovereign.

Poy is the son of former champion jockey, Michael Clarke and represented Australia in the 2018 Longines Prix Future Racing Stars in France.

The National Apprentices’ Challenge has attracted a field of 12 runners and is race 7 on the 8 race card.

Julio Santarelli