IN FORM: Jockey Luke Tarrant (No.1), who made his debut in Gympie, leads the metropolitan apprentices’ premiership this season.
IN FORM: Jockey Luke Tarrant (No.1), who made his debut in Gympie, leads the metropolitan apprentices’ premiership this season. Nev Madsen

Tarrant leads the way for ex-Gympie jockeys

RACE results across Queensland last Saturday demonstrated the importance of the Gympie racetrack as a launching pad for apprentices.

Apprentices who gained experience from riding in Gympie rode winners from Doomben to Yeppoon to Dalby.

Luke Tarrant, who made his riding debut in Gympie, rode another city double at Doomben on Saturday to lead the metropolitan apprentices' premiership with 11 city winners so far this season.

Luke leads the state-wide jockeys' premiership with 11 winners for the season ahead of Bobby El-Issa on 10½ and Chris Munce 10.

Beau Appo, who began riding in Gympie, is fourth on this premiership with 7½ wins for the season.

Brendon Newport, who began his apprenticeship in Gympie, continued his recent run of successes with a hard-fought win in Saturday's Dalby Cup on Modern Al.

Since joining the strong Matt Kropp stable in Toowoomba, Brendon has gone from strength to strength.

He has ridden seven winners during August including doubles at Charleville and Cunnamulla and currently leads the Queensland country apprentices' list.

Taylor Williams, who is apprenticed to Mick Mair at Caloundra, showed the benefit on experience on the Gympie sand track with a winning double at Yeppoon on the sand track for Rockie trainer, Angela Stephens.

At Monto, Gympie's Billie-Rose Derbyshire booted home two winners to be equal third on the Queensland apprentices list.

Gympie-based Natalea Summers is fourth on this table.

Alannah Badger, who also began her apprenticeship in Gympie and now based in Mt Isa, rode a winner there at a recent TAB meeting and may ride at Birdsville this weekend.

Gympie stars shine

AT MONTO last Saturday, Gympie jockey Ian Coombes was in the winners' stall in the first race, taking out the BM 60 on Tropical Heatwave for Bundaberg trainer, Mat Reardon.

Billie-Rose Derbyshire then teamed up with Oakey mentor Brad Hudson to win the QTIS Maiden on Pearl's Destiny (by Natural Destiny) which narrowly defeated Coombes' mount Valda.

BILLIE-Rose then completed the day with a victory aboard Coco Dubawi in the 1400m BM 65.

Bundaberg trainer, Darryl Gardiner saddled up two winners: Holy Man in the 1200m Class B and Brown Doubt in the 1200m Open.

Shaun Bayliss rode both.

Strong field

BUNDABERG races tomorrow with a five-event card comprising 40 acceptors.

The main race is the 1380m Ulton Cup with Covert Chamour the 61kg topweight ahead of Unique Fuse on 57.5kg.

Gympie Cup

GYMPIE races next on September 27 with the 1470m Open a lead-up to the River Junction Gympie Cup to be run on October 25.

This year's Gympie Cup will carry prizemoney of $19,000 and be run over the traditional 1600m.

The $10,000 Connolly's NewsExpress Bm 75 over 1030m is an attractive race on the six-event program.

Prestigious award

THE Broodmare of the Year Award for the 2013-14 season will be announced tomorrow.

The three candidates for the Thoroughbred Breeders Broodmare of the Year Award are Temple Spirit (dam of Spirit of Boom and Temple of Boom), Kenbelle (Boban) and Action Annie (Buffering).

Sad loss

TEMPLE Spirit (by Special Dane) won eight races from 16 starts and died at just nine years old producing four foals.

Spirit of Boom won the Doomben 10,000 and the William Reid Stakes at Group 1 level while Temple of Boom was second in the 10,000 and the Stradbroke.

Boban won three Group 1 races (the Epsom, Chipping Norton and Emirates Stakes).

His dam Kenbelle, by Kenmare, was a classy galloper winning more than $500,000 in prizemoney.

Action Annie's son Buffering also won three Group 1 races.