ARICONTE broke through for an overdue win in Launceston at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night with in-form apprentice Shiralee Maher aboard, but it couldn’t elevate Tasmania in the standings of the National Apprentices Series, in which it was languishing in last place.
Maher was not Tasmania’s representative in the series as that honour belonged to Sherry Barr, who did manage to guide her charge Crib Point into third spot to earn five points and drag Tasmania off the bottom.
Each state, other than NSW that doesn’t take part in the series, had a representative which left three of the eight entries without a series-participating rider and Maher was one of that trio, with the others being Hayley McCarthy who partnered The Austrian Oak and Chris Graham aboard Please Dance.
The top points (7) were scored by Victorian rider Stephen Brown who partnered Schillie Billie into second place with Queensland’s Jag Guthmann-Chester finishing fourth to earn third-placed points (3).
Maher will grab her chance to represent Tasmania in the fifth-round heat in Perth, WA, next month.
Ariconte has been trying to win his second race for almost two years having won on debut at Devonport in June 2015.
“He has taken a long time to win his second race but he has been a very consistent gelding with seven minor placings from his subsequent 15 starts, but tonight he took his opportunity to get back into winning form,” Trinder said.
“I am sure he prefers to be ridden by female riders and having Shiralee aboard tonight was a major contributing factor, so I probably erred in not identifying that a bit earlier.
“Now that he has won again I am confident the horse won’t have to wait another lengthy stretch of time before winning again.”
The points standings after four heats of the National Apprentices’ series are:
- Western Australia 20
- Victoria 14
- Queensland 12
- South Australia 10
- Tasmania 10
- Northern Territory 5 (NT did not send a representative to the fourth heat in Tasmania)