Apprentice Race Series

National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) 2019

The National Apprentice Race Series (NARS) 2019, is Australia’s premier apprentice-only race series and showcases the riding talents of the country’s most exciting young jockeys.

First conducted in 2008, the Series draws together apprentices from across Australia to represent their state in a collection of races in six states and territories.
Points are awarded for the top five placings in each leg of the series as follows; first – 7, second – 5, third – 3, fourth – 2 and fifth – 1, with the state that accumulates the most points crowned the winner. Victoria successfully took out the series in 2018 with a last race victory to Jessica Eaton in the Western Australian heat.

Previous winners

2008/09 South Australia
2009/10 Victoria
2011 South Australia
2012 South Australia
2013 New South Wales
2014 South Australia
2015 South Australia
2016 Western Australia
2017 Western Australia
2018 Victoria

NARS 2019 Leaderboard

 

RMBL Investments Rising Stars Series

     

    The Rising Stars series takes in 24 apprentice-only races across Victoria, from August 2018 through to the finale in July 2019.

    Points are awarded for top five placings in legs of the series as follows: first – 12, second – 6, third – 4, fourth – 2, fifth – 1.

    The rider who accumulates the most points wins a $6,000 retail voucher and the Rising Stars Trophy, second place takes home a $2,000 retail voucher and third place a $1,000 retail voucher.
     
    Date Venue Winners
    Thursday 22 August Moe Harry Grace
    Tuesday 27 August Mornington
    Tuesday 17 September Wangaratta
    Tuesday 24 September Moe
    Monday 7 October Kilmore
    Thursday 31 October
    Seymour
    Monday 11 November Benalla
    Tuesday 26 November Kyneton
    Thursday 5 December Kyneton
    Tuesday 17 December Mornington
    Thursday 9 January Geelong
    Tuesday 21 January Warrnambool
    Tuesday 18 February Seymour
    Tuesday 25 February Bendigo
    Tuesday 10 March Kilmore
    Tuesday 24 March Geelong
    Tuesday 7 April Bendigo
    Monday 20 April Mornington
    Monday 4 May Seymour
    Tuesday 19 May Moe

    Tuesday 2 June Warrnambool
    Monday 22 June Wangaratta
    Friday 3 July Bendigo
    Friday 5 July Bendigo
    FINAL: Saturday 18 July Flemington
 

2019/20 Leaderboard

1st. 12 points - Harry Grace
2nd. 6 points - Carleen Hefel
3rd. 4 points - Georgina Cartwright

As at 8 September, 2019

 
Asian Young Guns Challenge
The Asian Young Guns Challenge concept was developed in 2009 by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
The challenge aims to pair the leading apprentice jockeys from Asia-Pacific together and allow them to compete against each other to further strengthen international relationships with Asian-based race clubs and to provide a cultural exchange between racing’s newest and most talented brigade of apprentice jockeys.

It provides young talented riders with the opportunity to compete outside of their own country and to further develop their skills, relationships and experience on the world stage, and at world class venues. In the Asian Young Guns Series we have seen Apprentice Jockeys from countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia compete for the coveted award. Jye McNeil was selected to represent Racing Victoria in 2014.
Macau Apprentice Invitation Races (MAJIR)
In 2014, Harry Coffey was invited by the Australian Racing Board (ARB) to represent Australia in the 14th Macau Apprentice Invitation Races in November.

The series featured 14 riders from 14 different countries and comprised of five races across two days. After collecting 20 points in the opening race of the series aboard China Cheers on Friday, Harry then finished runner-up, third, fourth and sixth from his remaining rides throughout the series to take the title.

He finished on 47 points, ahead of Japanese apprentice Yoshihito Nagaoka on 41 and New Zealander Michael Dee on 35.
Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA)
A new and exciting opportunity emerged in 2014 for Racing Victoria apprentices to participate in the invitational H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship.

In 2015, Ben Thompson was the first Victorian representative, taking out the opening heat in Lexington, Kentucky before backing up to claim victory in the series final in Abu Dhabi.

Others to participate in the 2015 series included Jake Bayliss (Sluzewiec, Poland) and Jackie Beriman Sacramento (USA).

Racing Victoria apprentices were again in the action again in 2016, with Jordan Childs (Rome, Italy) and Mitch Aitken (Lingfield Park, UK) participating in the series before Dylan Dunn claimed glory for Australia in the series final in Abu Dhabi for a second consecutive year.
The Prix Longines Future Racing Stars 
Racing Victoria was first invited to participate in one of the most prestigious dates in the French racing calendar, the Prix de Diane Longines, in June 2013.

Talented up-and-coming jockeys from around the world, including Australia, Great Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and the United States, ride on the prestigious Chantilly racetrack in front of an audience of more than 40,000 spectators hoping to gain victory and bring home the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars.

In 2017, Lachlan King was chosen to represent the Racing Victoria AJTP on the second biggest race day on the French calendar, following in the footsteps of Patrick Moloney (2013), Jessica Payne (2014), Beau Mertens (2015) and Tahlia Hope (2016).