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07/01/02 Happy Hoop - Cross Wins at First Ride
Rookie Victorian apprentice rider Brady Cross made a perfect start to his career as a jockey when he won on his very first ride this afternoon.

Cross partnered the Darren Weir trained Fergus My Boy to victory in the Tooheys New Class 3 Handicap over 1400 metres at Ararat.

At the finish of the race Fergus My Boy held a one and a quarter length margin over Honourable Ami, while the third placegetter Blue Rinse was a further three quarters of a length back.

The 15-year-old would have experienced all of the emotions after having to survive a protest from the second placegetter Honourable Ami.

Cross, who is apprenticed to the Ballarat based Weir, doesn't turn 16 until August.

In a complete reversal the following race of the day, the David Reid Nissan Class 3 Handicap (2000m), was taken by one of the state's veterans in the saddle.

The Tony Vasil trained Zamarin won the fifth race of the day for the 55-year-old Neville "Nifty" Wilson.

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