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Apprentice Title Fight Heating Up At Rosehill Gardens

Zac Lloyd and Dylan Gibbons to resume battle for apprentices title

June 28, 2023

The battle between gun jockeys Zac Lloyd and Dylan Gibbons is sure to capture the imagination of punters this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

Just two wins separate the pair in the Sydney Apprentices title.

Gibbons heads into the meeting with a two-win lead over Lloyd and both have a stack of rides on the day.

If betting is anything to go on, Lloyd’s best chance of securing a winner will be with Hi Dubai in the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (race 6 1100m, $4.40-$3.90) which has had early TAB Fixed Odds support.

Gibbons will get an early chance to extend his lead with Semana ($2.40-$2.25) in the second event – The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1400m).

The young guns are currently running second and third on the overall Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership behind James McDonald (93).



Dylan Gibbons 63 wins

Zac Lloyd 61 wins

Tyler Schiller 56


Exciting galloper Mogo Magic will be one of the other star attractions on the day.

Goulburn trainer Scott Collings will be hoping the son of Zoumagic can continue the unbeaten start to his career, with the galloper winning all three starts in effortless style so far.

Mogo Magic is first-up since winning a TAB Highway at Royal Randwick on 25 February.

To date, the three-year-old has won all three of his starts by an aggregate margin of just over 12 lengths!

Mogo Magic will start from barrier three with Nick Heywood aboard in the TAB Highway (1100 metres), which is race five on the card and is set to jump at 1:20pm. TAB Fixed Odds opened him up a short $1.90 favourite and he’s already into $1.85.

Rosehill Gardens will host 10 races for this winter program with a number of other horses also catching the eye among the 123 acceptors.

Promising stayer Fawkner Park ($2.60 fav) steps out in the Toyota Forklifts Handicap (2040 metres), race seven, looking to remain unbeaten on Australian soil.

Warwick Farm trainer Annabel Neasham has the former import nominated for some key staying races in the Spring, so Saturday’s race will be another stepping stone towards potentially bigger targets. To date, Fawkner Park has won all three Australian starts.

Another horse to look out for on Saturday will be Kibou ($2.25 fav) out of the Royal Randwick stables of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

The Up And Coming winner from last winter, Kibou has had one run back from a spell when a narrow second to Iowna Merc at headquarters on June 10.

He will compete in the eighth event of the day – the Furphy Handicap (1500 metres) at 3:15pm.

For punters who don’t mind having a play at Futures markets, Kibou is rated a $51 chance by TAB Fixed Odds to win the King Charles III Stakes, while $26 is on offer in the Golden Eagle.

Tickets for this Saturday and all Winter Season racedays are available for as low as $17 for Groups of 10 or more, with the Punters Pack available at $39.

Punters Packs are loaded with value and include one General Admission entry ticket, two Furphy vouchers, a $10 food voucher, and a racebook.

Punters Packs can be purchased online at up until 4.30pm on the Friday prior and collected on raceday at the Wagering Concierge in the Betting Ring.


  • $160,000 Listed Winter Stakes – 8 July
  • $160,000 Listed July Sprint – 22 July
  • $300,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes – 5 August

Full fields for Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens card are available here as are TAB Fixed Odds markets for the entire card.

Race 1 is due to start at 11am with the final race to be run at 4.30pm.

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