BIG FINISH: Codie McPherson wins her final race as an apprentice and claims a heat of the Rising Star series aboard Speed Of Dark for trainer Jim Jarvis. PHOTO: PATRICK ALLEN
BIG FINISH: Codie McPherson wins her final race as an apprentice and claims a heat of the Rising Star series aboard Speed Of Dark for trainer Jim Jarvis. PHOTO: PATRICK ALLEN

Graduation Day as McPherson ends apprenticeship a winner

WHEN apprentice Codie McPherson awoke in Coffs Harbour yesterday morning she was a woman on a mission - to end her apprentice career on a high note by winning a heat of the prestigious Rising Star Series at

Grafton.

As the racing gods would have it, her wish came true.

Speed Of Dark, her only ride for the day, swooped home late to win the event after a "Bo Derek" ride that brought praise from her master, trainer Jim Jarvis.

"I was hoping to God she could win and luckily she did," McPherson said. "It was my only ride. It had to be it today.

"I'm very excited. Everything turned out well."

From today the 21-year-old rides as a fully-fledged jockey. McPherson rode 57 winners during her apprenticeship.

Jarvis, a canny man with a discerning eye for horse flesh, has looked after McPherson for the past two years.

Jarvis said he had to convince McPherson that this was her final chance to win one of the apprentice races.

"I said, 'This is how you've got to ride him', and to Codie's credit she did everything right. Rode him perfectly. She's a good lass."

Sydney-raised McPherson hasn't given much thought to her long-term future.

"I'll stay in Coffs and try and ride work for as many trainers as I can to get race rides," she said. "Jim said he'd try and support me which is nice.

"I'll just keep punching along and see what happens."

Speed Of Dark, formerly trained in Melbourne, has now won four races for Jarvis, all on the fresh side.

"He had a respiratory problem. The key to him is to space his races," Jarvis said.

McPherson's job of navigating wasn't an easy one as Speed Of Dark drew wide in barrier 15. The petite lass from Coffs however showed the patience of Job, timing her final run to perfection.

Meanwhile, bookmakers paid out heavily after the win of speedster Prince Tamino in the Art Success Class 1 Hcp (1006m).

Trained by Stephen Lee, Prince Tamino opened at $6 but by post time a concerted plunge saw his price tumble into $3.60 at the jump.

The three-year-old gelding, a half-brother to Marc Quinn's seven-time winning mare Pentasia, who is being set for the Ramornie, was purchased for $4000 at the Magic Million sales.

"I hope he turns out half as good as Pentasia," Lee said. "The wet tracks haven't suited him lately."

Winning rider Cassandra Schmidt said: "It was a very good win. There's still improvement in him."

Earlier, Grafton trainer Hunter Kilner landed an upset win with Doctor Bones who held on to record a narrow win over Primed To Win in the Riverdale Maiden Plate over 1206 metres.

Doctor Bones, who returned $11.60 on the NSW Tote, boxed on gamely down the straight to hold the Felicity Firth-trained runner-up by a long neck on the line.

Track: Dead (4)

Race 1 - LES'S CHOICE MDN HCP 1606m: 8.00 CAJUN COUNT (br g 6y Viscount - Kathie Jade. Trainer: G D Yorke) 56.5 (Ms P Schmidt) 1, 4.40 MAGNAVITA 57 (M Paget) 2, 10.00 ISINBAYEVA 56.5 (Anthony Allen) 3.
Others: 10.00 La Niche 26.00 Royal Seal 1.40 fav Thunder Set 10.00 Wonderful Diamonds 6.00 Market Tycoon 9.00 Istana Star 15.00 Quite Perfect last. Scr: Aimalac Gemma, Al Jaamih, Precocious Lass.
Won by 3/4 len, nk. 1:38.53. (Last 600m 36.03).
Divs: 6 2 7. Win $17.10 place $3.20 $1.80 $3.50. Q: $56.20. E: $108.80. Duets: 6-2: $12.30, 6-7: $9.90, 2-7: $9.20. T: $1,042.60. First 4: 6-2-7-9: $4,387.10. Sub: 3. Scr: 4,5,10.

Race 2 - RIVERDALE MDN PLATE 1206m: 8.00 DOCTOR BONES (b g 4y Universal Prince - Laurentia. Trainer: H Kilner) 59 cd 57 (Ms K Stanley) 1, 4.80 PRIMED TO WIN 58.5 (C Whiteley) 2, 2.10 fav FLYING KISTENA 54 (J L Taylor) 3.
Others: 15.00 Illuminism 7.00 Tillane 3.20 Star Pass 15.00 The Last Jugah 11.00 Nymboi 21.00 Aussiedoll 12.00 Lusharoonie 21.00 Save A Star 20.00 Cadillac Jack last. Scr: Clear, Best Of My Love, Gotta Chance, Jet Fighter, Pretty Bizaar, Dalrymple.
Won by Lg nk, 1-3/4 len. 1:10.93. (Last 600m 35.58).
Divs: 2 6 14. Win $11.70 place $3.30 $2.60 $1.04. Q: $28.80. E: $88.10. Duets: 2-6: $13.70, 2-14: $4.40, 6-14: $3.50. T: $190.20. D: $350.20. First 4: 2-6-14-5: $3,554.60. Sub: 11. Scr: 1,7(L),10,12,17,18.

Race 3 - WARD'S MISTAKE HCP (C3) 1206m: 11.00 SPEED OF DARK (b/br m 5y Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Kaystar. Trainer: J L Jarvis) 57 cd 55.5 (Ms C Mc Pherson) 1, 4.60 GREY EMPEROR 54 cd 52.5 (Ms C Pettigrew) 2, 3.50 fav BLINKIN RULES 56 cd 54.5 (Ms C Schmidt) 3.
Others: 17.00 Elle Majesty 9.00 After Baron 5.00 Wiangaree 7.00 Little Monee 6.00 Enough Is Enough 8.00 Millenium Ruler 26.00 Emperor Albert 8.00 When My Baby last.
Scr: Here's To Ya, Royal Consort, Lucky Mojo, Just Zam.
Won by Len, sht 1/2 hd. 1:10.12. (Last 600m 34.86).
Divs: 2 10 7. Win $13.50 place $3.50 $1.70 $1.70. Q: $45.10. E: $87.10. Duets: 2-10: $8.90, 2-7: $8.60, 10-7: $3.50. T: $221.90. D: $70.40. First 4: 2-10-7-14: $5,690.60. Sub: 7. Scr: 4,5,12,15.

Track Changed To: Good (3)
Race 4 - ASHRAF HCP (C1) 1006m: 15.00 GUNFIRE POINT (b g 4y Fastnet Rock - Ladidi. Trainer: G J Howells) 57.5 (M Mc Guren) 1, 7.00 FUICHI 56.5 (R Spokes) 2, 2.50 fav YO FERDINAND 59 cd 57.5 (Ms C Schmidt) 3.
Others: 16.00 In High Spirits 2.80 Miss Caitlyn 13.00 Ferocious Diva 9.00 Our Flair 17.00 Friday Example 10.00 Kyamba's Destiny 11.00 Lady Vuvuzela 16.00 Change Our World 21.00 You Are My Rock last. Scr: Outrider.
Won by lg hd, sht hd. 0:58.00. (Last 600m 34.00).
Divs: 2 4 1. Win $17.90 place $4.60 $3.70 $1.20. Q: $104.20. E: $181.10. Duets: 2-4: $19.50, 2-1: $6.90, 4-1: $7.80. T: $656.70. D: $233.50. First 4: 2-4-1-10: $14,426.80. Sub: 1. Scr: 13.

Race 5 - ART SUCCESS HCP (C1) 1006m: 3.60 fav PRINCE TAMINO (b c 3y Refuse To Bend (IRE) - Ecstasia (JPN). Trainer: S B Lee) 57.5 cd 56 (Ms C Schmidt) 1, 3.80 RADIOLOGIST 57 (Ms P Schmidt) 2, 7.00 RHINO 54 (R Spokes) 3.
Others: 8.00 Freerocker 10.00 Nut Flush 21.00 Frozen Crest 11.00 Spanish Smile 6.50 Aimalac Burra 31.00 Lil Tricky 13.00 Blinkin Funny 11.00 Southglen last. Scr: Mondela, Vasuki.
Won by 1-3/4 len, 1-1/4 len. 0:57.36. (Last 600m 33.95).
Divs: 2 4 10. Win $3.50 place $1.40 $1.60 $2.50. Q: $7.50. E: $9.40. Duets: 2-4: $3.40, 2-10: $5.10, 4-10: $6.60. T: $86.00. D: $102.90. First 4: 2-4-10-5: $296.50. Sub: 2. Scr: 3,6.

Race 6 - CASTLE HEIGHTS HCP (C2) 1406m: 6.00 PANIOLO (b g 3y Flying Spur - Insouciance. Trainer: Ms K Craft) 59 (J L Taylor) 1, 7.00 UPEARLY 54 cd 52 (Beau Appo) 2, 8.00 GRAND BANDITO 54 (M Bennett) 3.
Others: 4.00 fav Retirement 15.00 Wind Of Dubai 9.00 Malone 4.60 Retrial 13.00 Stratums Express 10.00 Touch The Snow 8.00 Court Success 13.00 Placid Host 21.00 Fairdinkum Lucky last. Scr: Ambivalent, You're Mine.
Won by 1/2 hd, 1/2 len. 1:24.18. (Last 600m 35.76).
Divs: 1 10 8. Win $6.20 place $2.30 $3.20 $2.40. Q: $37.40. E: $88.20. Duets: 1-10: $14.50, 1-8: $10.80, 10-8: $13.80. T: $569.60. D: $33.70. First 4: 1-10-8-5: $2,293.60. Sub: 5. Scr: 3(L),4(L).

Race 7 - TWIN WING HCP (C2) 1406m: 3.00 fav SINGLE SPIRIT (ch g 3y Not A Single Doubt - Stunning Spirit. Trainer: M R Stitt) 57 (B Looker) 1, 6.50 ALMA GIRL 54 cd 52.5 (Ms C Pettigrew) 2, 4.80 ELECTRIC CIRCUS 58 (N Thomas) 3.
Others: 9.00 Just Zam 8.00 Oh He Will Go 13.00 Ready To Rule 21.00 Gentle Joe 21.00 Lady Tantrum 7.00 Newbold Reine 13.00 Saucier 15.00 Rena 21.00 Don Palermo last. Scr: Lotsa Jewels.
Won by: 2 len, 1-1/4 len. 1:23.18. (Last 600m 35.56).
Divs: 3 6 1. Win $3.00 place $1.40 $2.90 $1.70. Q: $9.50. E: $20.50. Duets: 3-6: $4.40, 3-1: $4.00, 6-1: $8.10. T: $95.30. D: $27.20. First 4: 3-6-1-2: $304.30. Sub: 3. Scr: 4.

Race 8 - WARRIOR WITHIN (BM55) 1606m: 4.40 KAPCAT (b m 5y Catbird - Kapvadar (NZ). Trainer: Anthony Dable) 61 cd 57 (D Holten) 1, 7.50 PRINCE ZAIM 54 (G A Lynch) 2, 7.50 EPIC VOYAGE 54.5 (M Bennett) 3.
Others: 11.00 Higher'n'higher 11.00 Starlist 21.00 Willjoe 8.00 Dehere John 16.00 Sea Wind 21.00 Rosewater 11.00 Zippy Zariz 26.00 Better Off Ed 7.00 Red Celtique 2.80 fav Dudley last. Scr: Duke Of Letchworth, Tollemache, Grand Bandito, Gentle Joe.
Won by 2-1/4 len, nk. 1:37.86. (Last 600m 35.42).
Divs: 1 12 11. Win $5.40 place $2.30 $3.40 $2.90. Q: $25.50. E: $44.80. Duets: 1-12: $9.70, 1-11: $7.90, 12-11: $14.10. T: $352.10. D: $20.90. First 4: 1-12-11-2: $3,000.20. Sub: 4. Scr: 5,10,16,17.

Race 9 - SHAMARDASHING HCP 1206m: 9.00 PRIVATE EXPRESS (b g 5y Private Agenda - Tolinter. Trainer: T Pratt) 55.5 (M Bennett) 1, 5.00 FRENCH CHIMES 54 (G A Lynch) 2, 13.00 NOBODY'S JOHNNY 54 (P Graham) 3.
Others: 10.00 Urnfield 10.00 Tara Hickory 3.50 fav Punjab Rocket 5.00 Reckons 17.00 Little Johnie 5.00 Darshan Joh 31.00 Yabbra 13.00 Cumin last. Scr: Moneysaver, Little Cayuse.
Won by 3-1/2 len, len. 1:09.43. (Last 600m 34.66).
Divs: 4 9 12. Win $9.20 place $3.50 $2.30 $5.00. Q: $29.00. E: $79.40. Duets: 4-9: $9.50, 4-12: $28.40, 9-12: $19.10. T: $827.60. D: $69.60. First 4: 4-9-12-1: $11,424.70. Sub: 5. Scr: 6,10.

DAILY DOUBLE on races 7 and 9: Single Spirit (3), Private Express (4) $47.30. Subs: 3,5.
QUADDIE on races 6,7,8,9: (1) (3) (1) (4): $1,501.70. Subs: 5,3,4,5.