TEENAGE apprentice Brent McGregor will ride at his first Tasmanian meeting at Devonport on Sunday for what will be the start of a three-month loan arrangement with premiership-winning training partnership David & Scott Brunton.
McGregor, 16, will debut aboard five-year-old mare Jetstyle Express in the Sunday Examiner Class 6 Handicap and follow up on the days feature event, the Robert Ferguson Handicap, aboard Brave Mukky.
Brave Mukky is prepared by the apprentice’s father Adrian McGregor while Jetstyle Express is trained by his (Adrian’s) partner Vicki Rhind at Spreyton.
Brave Mukky, a recent winner in Adelaide, comes off a last start third in the St Arnaud Cup and looks well weighted with young McGregor’s three-kilogram claim.
“Brave Mukky should be hard to beat,” said McGregor.
“He is coming off a good campaign in Adelaide and Victoria and I think will run a big race,” he said.
Brent began riding in Coffs Harbour in northern NSW before moving across to New Zealand in 2008 where he spent two years with multiple premiership-winning trainer Mark Walker who now trains in Singapore.
McGregor returned to Coffs Harbour to begin his apprenticeship under Brett Dodson and rode his first winner at his very first ride on the Jim Jarvis-trained Promontory in July this year.
McGregor has won 5 races since becoming indentured to Dodson just over three months ago.
McGregor claims three kilograms and can ride at a minimum of 53kg.