Jake Casey will represent Western Australia in the first leg of the National Apprentice challenge at Sandown on Thursday.
Casey will partner the Robert Griffiths-trained Flying Geepee, a Flying Spur three-year-old who is returning from a spell.
The gelding, who has drawn the widest gate in the field of ten, has one win and three placings from 10 career starts.
Off one warm up trial, he make his first official appearance since he ran 14th of 16 to Extra Choice in last year’s Geelong Classic (2200m).
Casey claimed his 17th city win for the season at Ascot on Saturday, steering home, Ready To Fire, for trainer, Justin Warwick.
He trails Clint Johnston-Porter (25) and Lucy Warwick (25) in the Leading Apprentice award.
The National Apprentice challenge continues at Doomben (March 9), Launceston (March 23), Ascot (April 20) and Murray Bridge (May 4).