Second year apprentice Jean Van Overmeire swooped home on $5.50 chance, Ricci Royal, trained by Cameron Crockett at Bathurst in the second from last heat in the Rising Star Series on Sunday. The pair narrowly beat Salesman ($5), ridden by Qin Yong and Oskastar ($3.80), ridden by Alena Skirrett.
The in form apprentice propelled himself into a 7 point lead from the victory, putting himself at the top of the leader board with a whopping 40 points!
JVO now only has to secure a ride (worth 1 point) in the final heat of the series on the 21st June at Hawkesbury to win the overall Rising Star title.
The leader board currently sits as followed…
1st Jean Van Overmeire: 40 Points
2nd Mikayla Weir: 33 Points
3rd Patrick Scorse: 30 Points
4th Olivia Pickering & Rachel King: 29 Points each
5th Blaike McDougall: 25 Points
6th Lee Magorrian: 19 Points
7th Alena Skirrett: 17 Points
8th James Innes Jnr & Robbie Dolan: 16 Points each
9th Courtney Van Der Werf & Rachel Hunt: 15 Points each
10th Cejay Graham & Louise Day: 14 Points each
Written & edited by Kiersten Duke