McNaught chases apprentice title

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Apprentice Jade McNaught.
Camera IconApprentice Jade McNaught. Credit: Kelsey Reid

Mature-age apprentice Jade McNaught can close the gap on current Great Southern Apprentices’ Premiership leader Shelby Colgate when she takes a strong book of rides in Albany tomorrow.

McNaught has shot onto the racing scene with 62 winners in a short space of time and the rising hoop has a strong book of six rides at Percy Spencer Racecourse tomorrow afternoon as the Great Southern season heads towards a close.

With only four meetings left in the local season, McNaught trails Albany-based apprentice Colgate by four wins in the apprentice standings.

Colgate, however, is not riding tomorrow, giving McNaught the chance to close the margin going into next Sunday’s Easter race meeting.

Her day will begin with a strong chance on Happy Sanday for the Justin Warwick stable, the five-year-old running a narrow second to Scenic Journey in Albany last week.

McNaught will partner Canna Lily, who has been consistent this campaign for Neil Lee in the Trevors Carpets Handicap (1600m) tomorrow.

Canna Lily will carry 59.5kg with McNaught’s claim and was a last-start second behind Notta Mocha over 1500m.

She will also be aboard Defiantly (race 4), promising type Pasajero (race 5), Potent Secret (race 6) and Copper Fury (race 7).

Copper Fury is a speedy type that looks ideally placed over 1000m from barrier four with only 52.5kg.

Pasajero is an emerging gelding for Albany trainer Holly Taylor and drops back in grade after being beaten only 3.2 lengths behind Comparative in Saturday metropolitan grade last start.

McNaught has ridden two winners this season in the Great Southern, while Colgate has six victories to her name.

The first of seven races tomorrow kicks off at 1.41pm.

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