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Racing NSW Rising Star Apprentice Series

FINAL 2020/21 Rising Star Point Score (26th February 2021)

Rising Star Series: Honour Roll


• Mikayla Weir Declared Rising Star Series Winner (26 February 21)

• Mikayla Weir In The Box Seat For Rising Star Series (17 February 21)

• Brock Ryan Grabs First Rising Star Series Win (12 February 21)

• Emily Atkinson On The Board In Rising Star Series (2nd February 21)

• Mikayla Weir Dashes Clear In Rising Star Series (14 January 21)

• McDonnell Makes A Run In Rising Star Series At Ballina (7 January 21)

• Dylan Gibbons Snares Taree Rising Star Series Heat (21 December 20)

• Mikayla Weir Dashes To The Lead In Rising Star Series (14 December 20)

• Chris Williams Lands Rising Star Heat On Ulysses (10 December 20)

• Madison Waters Claims Rising Star Heat At Wagga (8 December 20)

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.

Mikayla Weir - winner of the 2020/21 Rising Star Series. Image by Janian McMillan (Racing Photography)

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.

  • Preference will be given to apprentice riders who, in order:

(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.

  • The Rising Star Racing Colours will be carried by the apprentice leading the series at the time the heat is run, or if the leading rider is not competing, the topweight will carry the colours.
  • Points will be awarded for each race on the following basis:

(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.

  • Apprentices who are due to come out of their time during the period of the Rising Star series will be eligible to compete until such time as their apprenticeship finishes. These apprentices will also be eligible to become the overall Rising Star Series winner, with points earned in the races in which they are eligible to ride to be considered in the final tally.
  • All heats and the Final will be restricted to 12 riders.
  • Racing NSW can amend the Rising Star Series Conditions at any time, to ensure equal opportunity for all participants.
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