Promising apprentice riders Randy Tan and Kate Fitzgerald have earned the Western Australian Racehorse Trainers Association encouragement award for June.
Tan and Fitzgerald figured prominently after they completed their maiden metropolitan success at Belmont with Foxalicious and Jestpatim respectively.
Tan rode out Foxalicious confidently, running over the top and getting the better of pacesetter, Shostakovich by a narrow head margin.
Foxalicious was having her first start for Tan’s host trainer, Stephen Miller, after previous stints with Craig Wright and Ross and Clint Price.
Fitzgerald proved the key on Dave Harrison’s Jestpatim when the Patronize gelding ended a 12 start losing sequence at Belmont in May.
Fitzgerald skilfully worked across from her wide barrier and had the five-year-old perfectly placed behind the leader, Forseen.
The young jockey sent Jestpatim to the front with 100m remaining and had enough in hand to hold out perennial placegetter, Street Bandit.
Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Riding Master, John Claite, said Tan and Fitzgerald had been working hard and were getting good reward after travelling to all country tracks.