Sam’s Abu Dhabi trip

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - RAC­ING

Lead­ing New Zealand ap­pren­tice Sam Weather­ley will fur­ther his rac­ing ed­u­ca­tion in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Weather­ley, who will be ac­com­pa­nied by NZTR rid­ing men­tor Noel Har­ris, will at­tend the HH Sheikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Horse Rac­ing Acad­e­mies (IFHRA) Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Con­fer­ence.

The 18-year-old, who is ap­pren­ticed to Mata­mata trainer Lance O’Sul­li­van, was New Zealand’s lead­ing ap­pren­tice last term, with 67 wins, and fin­ished in the top 10 on the jock­eys’ premier­ship.

He is in sec­ond place on the na­tional premier­ship and recorded the sec­ond black-type win of his ca­reer when suc­cess­ful on Grazia in the listed Christchurch Casino Spring Clas­sic at Ric­car­ton Park re­cently.

Weather­ley will not have a race ride in Abu Dhabi but will par­tic­i­pate in the jockey work­shops, which will fo­cus on video re­play anal­y­sis, tech­niques for in­ter­act­ing with me­dia and use of so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

The rid­ers will at­tend a race meet­ing at the Abu Dhabi Sports and Eques­trian Club, with the pro­gramme in­clud­ing the World Ap­pren­tice Cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

Weather­ley was in­vited to ride in a heat of the Sheikha Fa­tima World Ap­pren­tice Cham­pi­onship in Al­giers last month but was un­able to travel when his Al­ge­rian visa did not ar­rive on time.

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