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NOTE: There was no overall winner of the 2019/20 Rising Star Series due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting apprentices' ability to contest all heats.
The 2020/21 Racing NSW Rising Star Apprentice Series kicked off at Grafton on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, with the final heat to be staged at Canterbury Park on Wednesday, 26 February 2021. The series is to promote Vocational Education and Training in NSW.
Rising Star Series Conditions
The Series is open to NSW and ACT indentured apprentice riders who are enrolled at Racing NSW Apprentice Schools.
(i) fulfill the requirements of the NSW Apprentice and Traineeship Act of 2001. (ii) are on loan from another state (for longer than two months) and who have been placed with the trainer of a horse nominated in a heat. (iii) are visiting from another county and do not fit the requirements of Part (i).
Unless riders fulfil the requirements from category (i) they will be unable to ride in the Final. Riders from Category (ii) and (iii) may ride in a heat, but may not attain points, or ride in the Final. Individual awards for heats shall be made to the highest placed rider from Category (i). In the event that there are insufficiently qualified apprentice riders available on the day of a series race, after confirmation from the Racing NSW Training Dept, Stewards may permit an Interstate Apprentice Jockey who does not qualify under Category (ii) to ride. These riders may not attain points or ride in the final.
(i) First Place - 7 points; Second Place - 5 points; Third Place - 3 points; Fourth Place – 2 points; All other placings - 1 point (ii) In the case of a dead heat, the affected placing's points shall be added together then divided by the number of dead heaters. (iii) If an apprentice is declared for a ride and the horse is subsequently scratched, the apprentice will gain one point.