For the first occasion since its inception in 2008. Western Australia’s apprentice jockeys have earned bragging rights by taking out the National Apprentice Series in Adelaide.
Going into the final leg of the series at Murray Bridge, WA was holding a two point lead over Victoria with Tasmania and Queensland tied and South Australia placed fifth.
WA clinched an historic win by the narrowest of margins after One Token ridden by Jordan Turner, finished sixth, and Jetmaker, for Victorian rider, Georgina Cartwright, ran eighth.
Queensland shot to within a point of victory after the well supported Beleaguer, in the hands of Stephanie Lacy, defeated Wise And Happy and Reine Happy.
The National Apprentice Series was launched for the purposes of providing opportunities for apprentices to increase their skill levels competing under different racing conditions interstate.
Turner joined Clint Johnston-Porter (Doomben), Randy Tan (Launceston) and Jake Casey (Sandown) as Western Australia’s representatives in the series.
Sarah Bonner claimed full maximum points for WA when she won on Adam Durrant’s Galaxy Son in the Perth leg of the series at Ascot on April 20.
WA had cause for double celebration after Turner claimed his first interstate victory when he guided Lamborghini for trainer, Lindsay Cadzow, in race four.
Final point standings:
WA 21
Qld 20
Vic 18
Tas 16
SA 14