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Armagh Renews SA Apprentice Series

Wednesday, 29 June 2005: Thoroughbred Racing SA and Clare Valley Racing Club have announced that Armagh Financial Services has renewed its sponsorship of the Apprentice Series for another two seasons.

Ian Hart, CEO of TRSA, is looking forward to continuing the successful association with Armagh.

“It is essential for the development of the racing industry that we have support and incentives for those people looking to be career jockeys,” Hart said.

“We’ve made a commitment to industry training, and recognise the importance of our younger riders coming through the ranks.

"After all, they are the future stars of the track, the ones that ride Adelaide and Melbourne Cup winners.”

2004/2005 was the inaugural season of the Armagh Financial Services Apprentice Series, and proved to be very popular with all the young jockeys, particularly with Peter Roff, who won the Armagh $1000 investment portfolio.

“Winning the series has meant a great deal to me,” said Peter. “Everything has taken off since then, I’m getting more rides from more trainers, and my name is becoming well-known in the industry - it really has helped launch my career.”

The next series has already been confirmed and will consist of 4 races at the Clare Valley Racecourse during the 2005/2006 racing calendar.

Heat 1 will be run at the Clare Valley Twilight Meeting on Friday 20 January 2006, Heat 2 will be on the Clare Valley Adelaide Cup Long Weekend Race Day on Sunday 12 March, and Heats 3 & 4 will be held during the Clare Valley Easter Emerald Race Day on Saturday 15 April.

This series, the jockeys will be vying for a $2000 investment portfolio from Armagh Financial Services.

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