Battle-scarred apprentices win prizes

A couple of injured young riders were among the recipients at the annual Waikato Apprentice School prizegiving at Cambridge last night.

The prizegiving was held in conjunction with the Cambridge Jockey Club’s Racing Awards and the winners included Rory Hutchings and Brendan Hutton.
Hutchings, nursing a broken wrist suffered in a trackwork fall last month, picked up the Bill Simon Trophy (for best all-round apprentice), as well as the Premier Apprentice Award, in which the runner-up was Alex Forbes.

Hutton was on crutches after undergoing an operation on his left ankle and is expected to be off the scene for another 10 weeks. He won the Landers/Crawford Trophy (for the most promising first-year apprentice) and the runner-up in this category was Daniel Miller.

Kevin Leung was the recipient of two awards. He won the Paddy Murray Trophy (for the best presented apprentice at the scales), and the Most Improved Apprentice Award, in which Ming Cheung was runner-up.

Kei Chiong won the Linda Jones Trophy (for the outstanding female apprentice), and Matthew Cropp was named Outstanding Jumps Apprentice.

Anna Jones won the FLAIR Quiet Achiever Award and shared the Directors’ Award with Tayla Wenn.