Female Apprentices outgun the boys

South Australia remains unbeaten in the inaugural National Apprentice Series following Libby Hopwood’s commanding win in the second heat at Canterbury Park yesterday.

Hopwood, who took up riding career to help fund her science studies at university, scored a decisive victory aboard the Peter Snowden-trained Norteno to help extend South Australia’s lead even further in the series.

Hopwood, in her first visit to Sydney, was ecstatic after the victory: “It’s a thrill to win this race,” the 21-year-old said.

“The National Apprentice Series is a really great concept and I’m honoured to have been selected to represent South Australia in this heat.”

Hopwood, added it was a memorable win: “I also hope the industry really gets behind this series,” Hopwood declared. It’s a tremendous opportunity for apprentices and I’ll take a lot away from this win.”

The females landed the quinella in the event after Western Australia’s Chloe Chatfield grabbed second place on the Gerald Ryan-trained Bentley Ess.

Chatfield shared Hopwood’s sentiments on being selected to represent her state: “It’s a great experience for all of us apprentice riders,” Chatfield said.

The 20-year-old said it was her first trip to Sydney and first race under clockwise conditions.

“It was a valuable experience to race ‘the other way’,” Chatfield said. “The series was a great idea and it has received a bit of press back in Perth which is great.”

New South Wales rider Mitchell Beadman helped secure the host state’s spot in overall second place on the National Apprentice Series point score after he was placed third on the Kim Waugh-prepared The Fangsta.

Then followed Jason Maskiell (Tasmania, riding Tha’ Hab), Patrick Murphy (NSW, on Regal Celeb), Glen Davis (Northern Territory, on Impressionist), Billy Egan (Victoria, on Canadian Ruler), Michael Palmer (Queensland, on General Chaos), Peter Wells (NSW, on Pursuit) and Nathan Berry (NSW, Golden Highway).

South Australia currently has a four point lead over NSW in the National Apprentice Series, with Victoria and Western Australia equal third.

The National Apprentice Series will head to Victoria for the third heat at Moonee Valley on Friday, 20th February 2009.





VICTORIA                     6


QUEENSLAND              2

TASMANIA                   2