Jade McNaught will look to extend her lead in the Rising Star Series at Ascot on Wednesday.

The mature-aged apprentice has been booked to ride Advocator (R3), Disco Riffic (R4), I Am Spartacus (R5) and Jenabel (R8).

McNaught takes a 10 point lead into the Ascot meeting after riding three winners since the series commenced last week.

She booted home Freez’emoff and Bay Publisher at Geraldton and combined with Speeding Comet at Ascot on Saturday.

Mauritian-born apprentice Brandon Louis is hot on the heels of McNaught after he claimed two winners, Galaxy Blaze at Geraldton and Duck Feet at Pinjarra.

Chloe Azzopardi will be out to move up the leader board with a strong book of mounts at Ascot.

The 22-year-old made fairy-tale return last week when she kicked home Soy Tan Rapido for host trainer, Simon Miller, her first ride back after nearly four years.

Azzopardi is aboard last-start winner Star Of Bonnie Rose (R3), Magical Charge (R3), Leading Man (R5), Black Shadow (R6) and Lady Trader (R7).

The Rising Star Series conclueds at Northam on May 5.


Jade McNaught 32
Brandon Louis 22
Kristy Bennett 16
Kate Southam 10
Beaux Banovic-Edwards 07
Emma Stent 05
Mollie Clarke 03
Jess Gray 03
Kate Witten 03
Chloe Azzopardi 02
Shelby Colgate 02

Julio Santarelli