Apprentices dominate at Narromine

Hollie Hull was in the winner’s circle for her boss Clint Lundholm at Narromine on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Apprentice jockeys dominated Saturday’s non-TAB meeting at Narromine Turf Club, with the youngsters winning five of the six races on the card. 

Two-kilogram claimer Jake Barrett took top honours on the day, with the 23-year-old teaming up with his boss and Dubbo trainer Brett Robb as the pair combined for a winning-double.

Adam’s First Pick ($3.60) was the pair’s first winner, with the five-year-old taking out the 1300m Class One Handicap when winning by 0.31 of a length from the Karen Lunn-trained Accidental Mai Tai (Clayton Gallagher, $6), while 0.76 of a length back in third was the Michael Mulholland-trained Mountain Brook (Angela Cooper, $2,50).

The feature event on the program was the 1300m Open Sprint, and even money favourite All Words ($2) proved too good for the likes of the Garry Lunn-trained Honeywine (Andrew Banks, $2.50) and the Darren Hyde-trained Westlink (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $2.80).

Another two-kilogram claimer William Stanley was also in the winner’s circle after he won on the Sharon Jeffries-trained Mr Bobcat ($6) in the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

The pair edged the Kieren Hazleton-trained Japingka (James Rogers, $4) by just 0.03 of a length, and close up in third was the Rodney Robb-trained Sons of Bourke (Jake Barrett, $3), which was only beaten 0.63 of a length. 

Hollie Hull combined with her boss Clint Lundholm to bring up career win number seven when winning the 1200m Maiden Plate on Bupkis ($4.40), which got home comfortably to beat the Brett Thompson-trained Outside Edge (James Rogers, $7) by 2.3 lengths, and 2.32 lengths back in third was the stablemate Kirameki (James Pracey-Holmes, $3.20).

Shayleigh Ingelse joined the strong showing by apprentices on the day, with the two-kilogram claimer winning on the Brett Thompson-trained Pixie’s Choice ($7) in the 800m Maiden Handicap, which did enough to win by 0.34 of a length from the Clint Lundholm-trained Bellucci Bella (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $3.20), while 3.91 lengths back in third was the Phillip Curry-trained Lesedi La Rona (Ken Dunbar, $7).

Flying the professional’s flag on the day was journeyman Michael Heagney, who booted home a good win on the Allan Prisk-trained Mr Pointer ($4.40) in the 800m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

Alaskan Aura (Angela Cooper, $8) was 1.2 lengths back in second for Ashley Gibson, while third across the line was the Allan McRae-trained Agent Moon (Ken Dunbar, $5). 

While there is no Western Racing Association action next week, plenty of participants will be venturing to Orange today for the Orange Cup Prelude and Legends Day meeting.

Attention then turns to Wellington on Friday and Sunday for two big days of racing, which will be headlined by the Wellington Cup and Wellington Boot.

For Narromine’s results click here