Chambers continues good form with Rising Star Series heat win

Olivia Chambers, pictured here winning a heat of the Rising Star Series on the Dar Lunn-trained Elson Boy at Orange earlier this month, won again at Goulburn on Tuesday, which takes her to second position on the 2023/24 standings. Image: Racing Photography.

Olivia Chambers continued to make the most of her opportunities at Goulburn on Tuesday when winning the 13th heat of the 2023/24 Rising Star Series. 

With series leader Anna Roper not riding, Chambers jumped aboard the Matthew Dale-trained Super Norwest, which commenced a $4.80 chance in an open 1200m Class one Handicap. 

After commencing smartly from gate three, Chambers made every post a winner on the three-year-old Rich Enuff filly, winning by a length-and-a-half from the Bjorn Baker-trained Little Baia (Angus Villiers, $7) while in third a touch further back was the Norm Gardner-trained Single Beat (Coriah Keatings, $19). 

While Roper still leads the series on 27, Chambers moves to second on 24, ahead of Amy McLucas (22), Zac Wadick (21), and Ben Osmond (20). 

“I didn’t really expect to lead, but she jumped super, and no one took her on,” Chambers told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“She had a lovely time out in front and kicked really well today.

“I probably wasn’t expecting the win, but I knew she would put in a good run.”

The 21-year-old has only ridden in five Rising Star Series heats and has won three following victories on the Darrell Burnet-trained You’re On Mute at Gundagai on November 17 and the Dar Lunn-trained Elson Boy at Orange on January 9. 
“I did have the series in mind this year, but I haven’t ridden in a heap of them, and in the last few heats, I’ve had a couple of nice rides pop up,” Chambers said. 

With three heats remaining, the Rising Star Series moves to Randwick on Wednesday. Chambers will look for another win and her maiden metropolitan victory when riding the Matthew Vella-trained Battlefield in the 1200m Benchmark 64 Handicap. 

The Hawkesbury galloper won his maiden at Kembla Grange on January 20 and has firmed in from $8 into $5 with bookmakers. 

“Hopefully, he can run a good race,” Chambers said. 

“He won his last start, but it is his first run in town, so we’ll see how he goes. 

“It should be good, and it’s nice when you get good rides like that, especially in Sydney.”

After Randwick on Wednesday, Dubbo hosts the second to last Rising Star Series heat on Monday, February 5, ahead of the season finale at Taree on Sunday, February 11.

“We’ll target it now, and I will try and get the rides,” Chambers said.

“I’m not sure how I will go getting rides in those areas, but hopefully, I can get some.” 

Chambers, who’s 57 wins into her career, has been riding well of late, with the apprentice taking advantage of limited opportunities. 

She’s picked up four victories from her past 11 rides, and often, she hasn’t had a big book of rides. 

At Kembla Grange on January 20, she guided the Dean Mirfin-trained Scopics to a win in the 1200m Benchmark 64 Handicap before travelling to Queanbeyan and winning on the Anthony Warren-trained You Wish in the 900m Maiden Handicap on January 23. 

The 2023/24 Rising Star Series table after Goulburn on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Chambers went to Wyong, teaming up with Tyrone Coyle when triumphing on Prince Aurelius in the 1300m Benchmark 64 Handicap. 

“It’s been good, and I’m not getting too many rides but a couple of nice ones,” Chambers said. 

“I’m just trying to make the most of it, and it is good while I’m winning some.”