Kiwi joins apprentice ranks

GYMPIE trainer Barry Gill and jockey wife, Desiree will soon be launching yet another apprentice jockey on a riding career.

Former NZ apprentice, Brendon Newport should obtain his licence to ride in races in the next few weeks to become the seventh apprentice launched by the Gills over the last few years.

Brendon has to successfully complete another three barrier trials to attain the 20 required before a licence application can be submitted.

In an era when country apprentices are few and far between, Barry and Desiree Gill have been major contributors to boosting the ever diminishing ranks of young riders particularly in the country areas.

Desiree, with her experience as a work place trainer with Racing Qld, is ideally placed to give trainee apprentices on the job instruction as she can ride alongside them on the work track as well as analysing their barrier trial and race rides.

Brendon has literally come a long way to begin his riding career having started in New Zealand with leading trainer, Graeme Rogerson.

He spent about a year there but did not ride work before transferring to the Daryl Hansen stable at the Sunshine Coast.

Following the disqualification of Hansen, Brendon came to Gympie about five months back.

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