Raquel Clark wins second Tasmanian Apprentice Jockey Premiership

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Raquel Clark has won her second successive Tasmanian Apprentice Jockey Premiership despite spending more than four months riding in South Australia.

Clark finished with 31 wins from 255 rides, eight clear of Chris Graham on 23 wins from 231 rides.

In all Clark rode 52 winners for the season, including 15 metropolitan winners in Adelaide

In March Clark relocated, initially on loan for three months to leading trainer Leon McDonald.

“I’ve just recently had my apprenticeship transferred to Leon, so this is my home for the near future”. Clark said from Adelaide.

“I do miss my family but I really enjoy the racing side of things, racing two or three times a week makes it a little easier to get out of bed each morning”.

After a slow start in South Australia, Clark started to ride a few long-shot winners at the provincials before making a name for herself in the city.

“It was an amazing day, riding the first four winners at Morphetville,  that really gave me a foot in the door, it was a real boost for my career”.

That was June 24th and soon after Clark landed her 100th career win, she is now just five wins from reducing her claim from 3kg to 2kg.

Clark will return to Tasmania to accept her trophy at the the Racing Awards dinner at the Country Club Casino on September 1. “Tassie has been amazing to me and I love coming back, so sure, I’ll be there”.

  • Written by Colin McNiff