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Keogh shows why he’s state’s best

21 / 05 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Ronan Keogh eases Gea Force down to score an impressive win in the National Apprentices Invitation race in Launceston under lights
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IRISH rider Ronan Keogh showed why he is Tasmania’s leading apprentice when he guided Gea Force to an impressive win in the National Apprentice Jockeys Invitation race over 1400m at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last night.

Up against some of the best young riders in Australia including Western Australia’s potential superstar Damian Lane, Keogh took Gea Force straight to the front on a leader-bias track and won the race when he went for home 600 metres out and had his rivals off the bit and chasing hard before the home turn.

The Mark Ganderton-trained gelding showed great courage over the concluding stages to hold out his rivals and give Keogh the win he was seeking.

“When you go up against other apprentices in a special race you naturally want to win and to have accomplished that feat tonight is a brilliant feeling,” Keogh said.

The Irish-born apprentice spent about six months riding in Tasmania last season before heading back to Ireland to tidy up loose ends.

He returned for what he hopes will be a permanent move.

Listen to what apprentice Ronan Keogh had to say about his win aboard Gea Force – click here .