Young rider Mollie Clark will represent Western Australia in the first leg of the National Apprentice Jockey challenge, kicking off at Murray Bridge on Wednesday.

Clark will join riders from Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia for points in the Murraylands Fire & Safety Handicap (1406m).

Clarke partners the Dick Leech-trained Another Man’s Gain, a four-year-old from the Northern Territory who is racing second up this campaign.

The Casino Prince gelding, who has drawn barrier three for Clark, has won three of 21 career starts with five placings for stake earnings of $36,625.

Clark will also combine with Just Ranger in the Murraylands Security Handicap (1206m), but the race does not carry any points towards the challenge.

Heat two of the Apprentice series will be conducted in Melbourne on March 1, Brisbane on March 8 and Hobart on March 22.

Perth will host the final leg at Ascot on April 5.

Ron Fleming, Manager of Racing Industry at Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), said Clark had been showing excellent progress in recent times.

Last year the talented young rider, who is indentured to Pinjarra trainer, Brett Pope, was crowned Leading Country Apprentice Jockey.

An accomplished event rider before making the transition to racing, Clark won her first race aboard Gannochy at Mt Magnet (2015).

RWWA: Julio Santarelli