Apprentices clean up at Quirindi

Shayleigh Ingelse, pictured here riding the Aleacia Bennett-trained Rockama at Dubbo, rode a winning double at Quirindi on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Apprentice jockeys were a class above their more experienced rivals at Quirindi Jockey Club on Saturday, winning five of the six races on the program. 

Shayleigh Ingelse took top honours on the day, with the Newcastle based hoop riding two winners.

Ingelse’s first winner was on the Kris Lees-trained Stay Chill ($5) in the 1450m Benchmark 50 Handicap, where she beat fellow apprentice Zara Lewis on Heza Charmer (Wayne Martyn, $31), while in third was the Jeremey Sylvester-trained Eezee Boomer (Jarrod Woodhouse, $12).

Ingelse and Lees combined again in the final event on the program, winning the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap with West Germany ($6), which held off the Cassandra Stummer-trained Muscadelle (Amelia Denby, $16) in second and the Todd Payne-trained Spirit of Pluto (Kelsey Lenton, $5). 

Madeline Owen was also in the winner’s circle, with the 1.5kg claimer guiding the Jason Deamer-trained Jack Duggan ($1.90) to victory in the 1600m Class One/Maiden Handicap. 

Another apprentice finished second on the Kris Lees-trained La Brea (Ben Osmond, $8.50), while the Geoff O’Brien-prepared Gundawarra (Vad Bolozhinskhki, $6) ran third. 

Osmond found himself in the winner’s circle in the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap when riding the Damien Smith-trained Untamed Mistress ($8) to victory, beating the Mick Dwyer-trained All A Lady (Patrick Scorse, $8) and the Jeremy Sylvester-trained Sportsman (Amelia Denby, $11).

Four-kilogram claimer Chelsea Hillier kept up her good recent form when winning on the Paddy Cunningham-trained Graupel ($31) in the 1000m Maiden Plate, and again it was an apprentice quinella with Kelsey Lenton finishing second on the Theresa Stair-trained Arliebel ($9), while in third was the Tim McIntosh-trained Serifice(Patrick Scorse, $15). 

In fact, Scorse was the only fully fledged professional to win a race on the day when teaming up with Greg Hook in the 1200m Maiden Plate, winning aboard Hoorini ($5.50). 

Apprentices rounded out the top three with the Sue Grills-trained Oodles (Jacob Golden, $13) finishing second and the Rodney Ollerton-trained Currency Queen (Ben Osmond, $3.20) finishing third. 

Quirindi Jockey Club did a good job hosting the pop-up meeting and the club will race three more times this year, with race days scheduled for November 17, December 13, and December 26. 

For full results from Saturday, readers click here.