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