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Irish Apprentice Rides Her First Winner At Tuncurry

St Patrick’s Day arrived nearly a week early for Irish apprentice Louise Day when she rode her first winner at the NSW country meeting at Tuncurry last Saturday.

Irish Apprentice Rides Her First Winner At Tuncurry

St Patrick’s Day arrived nearly a week early for Irish apprentice Louise Day when she rode her first winner at the NSW country meeting at Tuncurry last Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who hails from Roscommon County in Ireland, made her Australian debut with four mounts – all for her Newcastle master Kris Lees – and scored on $1.90 favorite Face Like Thunder Horseform in the final event, a Benchmark 60 (2100m).

She is hoping to notch another success when she partners stablemate Overgrown Horseform for Lees at Taree on Wednesday in a Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m).


Lees was full of praise for the young Irish lass who spent time with last year’s Caulfield Cup winning trainer Ciaron Maher in Melbourne before relocating to Newcastle.

“Louise came halfway around the world to chase her dream of being a jockey,” Lees said. “She is a very accomplished horsewoman and a tireless worker.

“She will only get better in the saddle with the more races she competes in. At present, because of visa restrictions, she can ride only my horses.”

Lees has three horses accepted for Wednesday’s third $150,000 Provincial Qualifier (1200m) at Gosford.

Hugh Bowman will partner topweight Raido Horseform, Glyn Schofield has the mount on Twist Tops Horseform and Brenton Avdulla is booked for first emergency The Wasp Horseform.

Reach For Heaven Horseform will run at Friday’s Newcastle Newmarket meeting on the new Broadmeadow course proper.

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