Kirby Leads Rising Star Series


Brodie Kirby has pinched an early lead in the Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Rising Star Apprentice Series as his comeback from injury gathered momentum on the weekend.

Sidelined for four months with a knee complaint, Kirby got off to a flying start when he posted one win and eight placings from his 11 rides at Leonora and Northam on Saturday and Sunday.

Launching a top 48 hours for the talented apprentice, Kirby partnered the Steele Casey-trained hot favourite, Tirreno, in the Leonora Sprint (1200m), scoring comfortably from Mythical Trust.

A double in the Leonora Cup (1600m) came agonisingly close for Kirby when his mount, Ballidu Bomber, finished a head third to Haul In in an exciting finish.

Hot on the heels of Kirby is Fred Kersley and Fiona Bell after their top rides on Our Finest Moment and Entrechat respectively at Belmont on Saturday.

Kersley had Our Finest Moment, who is racing in top form for trainer, Raquel Williams, perfectly placed after he was in danger of getting caught wide early.

Entrechat was the victim of bad luck at her previous outing, but Bell gave her a trouble fee run and had the mare poised to strike at the top of the straight.

Bell has formed a formidable partnership and appears to get the best out of Entrechat, winning three of her four races on the Paige Kenney seven-year-old.


Brodie Kirby 19
Fred Kersley 17
Fiona Bell 15
Clint Johnston-Porter 11
Andrew Castle 10
Casey Hunter 10
Shelby Colgate 05
Jessica Gray 05
Kate Witten 05
Tayla Stone 04
Bonnie Palise 03
Randy Tan 01
Maddison Brown 00
Ashley Carmichael 00
Mollie Clarke 00
Kate Fitzgerald 00
Chelsi Forder 00

Each apprentice jockey earns points according to their claim at the meeting plus additional points for placings.

Points are awarded as follows:

1st ride for the day – points based on claims for the day

4kg claim = 4 points, 3kg claim = 3 points, 2kg claim = 2 points, 1.5kg claim = 1 point

Each winner ridden on the day will earn 7 points

Each 2nd placegetter on the day will earn 2 points

Each 3rd placegetter on the day will earn 1 point

Follow The Series At These Locations

October 7 Belmont-Loenora
October 8 Northam
October 11 Belmont
October 12 Northam
October 14 Bunbury, Moora, Leinster
October 15 Geraldton
October 18 Northam
October 21 Ascot-Laverton
October 22 Bunbury
October 25 Ascot
October 26 Geraldton
October 28 Ascot-Collie
October 29 Northam
November 1 Ascot
November 2 Bunbury
November 4 Ascot
November 5 Mt Barker
November 7 Ascot-Geraldton-Bunbury


Julio Santarelli