Sam’s Abu Dhabi trip
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.