Posted by: jkirkby8712 | July 28, 2017

Jockey battles

With this weekend representing the end of the 2016/2017 thoroughbred horse racing season in Australia, the respective Jockey premierships for the year in Melbourne and Sydney point to an exciting finish with Saturday’s racing schedule.

In Melbourne, Craig Williams sits 3 wins ahead of   Beau Mertens [an apprentice jockey]  – 76-73.  Williams has 9 [10] rides on Saturdayat Caulfield, while Mertens has 8  rides.  As there are only 9 races on the program, Williams is extra keen to win, being scheduled as rider of  ‘two’ horses in Race 6, which may be difficult to achieve!!

In Sydney, it’s slightly tighter – between Hugh Bowman on 81 wins and Brenton Uvdulla on 78.5wins. Tomorrow at Rosehill, Bowman has 9 rides, and  Avdulla  8 rides.

Ballarat trainer, Darren Weir sits easily at the top of the National Trainer’s Premiership, with a record 438 wins, and 1,116 placings from 2,663 starters. Between now and the 31st July, he has a maximum of 23 horses scheduled to race.

Meantime, August 1st is officially the birthday of horses here in Australia.”

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