Victoria off to a flyer in National Apprentices Series in Launceston

Monday 26 February 2018

TALENTED Victorian country apprentice Alexandra Bryan made the most of her opportunity to represent her state in the opening round of the National Apprentice Riders Series in Launceston on Sunday.

Bryan had two rides and won both including the race that counted for points in the apprentices’ challenge series.

The teenager, who is indentured to Vince Nolan at Benalla in northern Victoria, delivered a class performance to win aboard the John Blacker-trained Jupiter’s Moon in a benchmark 58 handicap over  1400 metres to take maximum points (7) in the series.

But she also guided Datuk Zadragon to a narrow but impressive victory in a maiden-class one over 1600m earlier in the day.

Tasmania’s Sherry Barr led aboard Gemini and she battled on game to finish third with the Northern Territory’s representative Lorelle Crow snaring second aboard Boart.

The National Apprentices Series offers riders the chance to ride in special events around Australia with the next of four more heats to be held at Sandown in Victoria on March 14.

The series moves to Queensland on March 21 and South Australia hosts the penultimate race at Gawler before the series ends in Western Australia for a race at Ascot in Perth on April 11.

The state that accrues the most points from the five-race series is deemed the winner with seven points allocated for first, five for second, three for third and two for fourth with one point to the remaining unplaced runners.

Points tally after round one: Victoria (7), Northern Territory (5), Tasmania (3), Western Australia (2), NSW, Queensland and South Australia (1).