Shelby Colgate says she is delighted to be representing Western Australia when she does battle against some of Australia’s best young jockeys in Hobart next month.
Colgate, based in the Great Southern under Steve Wolfe, will take part in the opening leg of the National Apprentice Race Series, which gets underway on March 9.
“I was excited to be told I was representing WA,” Colgate told The Races WA.
“I was pretty surprised to get the news really.
“It will be the first time I have ridden interstate.
“It will be good to see how racing goes in another state.
“I’m excited by the opportunity.”
Inaugurated in 2008, the National Apprentice Series, which culminates in Melbourne, is Australia’s premier competition for apprentice jockeys.
The series draws together apprentice jockeys from around the country to represent the state in which they are registered to ride.
The state that accumulates the most points across the series will be crowned the overall winner. Victoria are the defending title holders.
John Claite, Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Jockey Coach, says competing against your peers in a competitive environment will benefit Colgate.
“She is a hard-working apprentice who tries very hard,” Claite said.
“This is a great opportunity to broaden her experience.”
Colgate took to riding and commenced her apprenticeship four years ago when she opted out of tertiary studies in physiotherapy.
She didn’t have to wait too long for her first winner when at her eighth ride, she booted home Duke Of Downs at Norseman.
Following the opening race in Hobart, it will be Western Australia’s turn to host the apprentices’ at Ascot on March 13.
Doomben stages the Queensland leg a week later before Strathalbyn in South Australia hosts the penultimate race in the series on March 27.
Melbourne will host the final leg of the National Apprentice Series at Sandown on April 3.