Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Derbyshire Still in the Apprentice Title Hunt; Female Gympie Jockey Running Fourth in the Queensland Country Premiership

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Derbyshire Still in the Apprentice Title Hunt; Female Gympie Jockey Running Fourth in the Queensland Country Premiership

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GYMPIE apprentice Billie-Rose Derbyshire is currently fourth in the Queensland-wide country apprentices' premiership with 15 winners so far this season.

Matt McGillivray leads with 22 wins at the excellent strike rate of 27% followed by North Queensland apprentice Sonja Wiseman on 19 and Tamara Tincknell with 18.

Sarah Eilbeck is in sixth spot on 13 wins at a strike rate of 26%.

Derbyshire won again on the weekend when she stole a rails run in the straight for a clever win on Bundaberg trained four-year-old mare Empress Ayleah ($5) for trainer William Melvin in the first, the 800m Class 1.

La Tenza ($4, trained by Pat Sexton, ridden by Sarah Eilbeck) was second ahead of Shinzo Mashuranbo ($5.50, P Blackwell, H Phillips) in third.

Worth the trip

A 10-hour round trip from Murwillumbah to Nanango in search of a dry track proved a winning tactic for trainer Darren Graham.

The Northern Rivers-based trainer had a perfect result with his two horses winning on the firm track for stable apprentice Jodi Worley.

The duo landed the 1200m maiden with Shark Bite filly, Carbonendi ($3.50) which defeated Deagon-trained pair Monschapelle ($6. I Rabjohns) and Mr Seduction ($5.50, J Hodge).

Apprentice, Isabella Rabjohns, having her first day of race riding, had a torrid time on Monschapelle on the way to the barriers, being dislodged from the unruly filly.

She hit the front 100m out before being outgunned by the NSW galloper.

The Graham table then produced Pryendi to win the final event, the 1600m Class B.

This four-year-old King of Roses galloper just staved off a determined challenge by the $3.60 equal favourite, Never Ignore (D McIntosh) to win by a half neck with Galway Town third ahead of the other equal favourite, Red Warning (S Eilbeck).

Apprentice Jodi Worley continued on her winning way at Grafton the following day, showing no signs of travel fatigue in booting home a winning double on her home track. …

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