Ben Looker.
Ben Looker.

Apprentice grabs his chance

GRAFTON apprentice jockey Ben Looker has joined the famous Gai Waterhouse racing stables in Sydney and is determined to make his mark on the track.

“I went to Sydney 18 months ago ... to the Tim Martin stable but got homesick,” Looker said.

“This time it will be different. I’m keen to do well and prove I can make it. I was a bit immature last time, it was a good learning curve but I think I was there for the wrong reasons.”

Looker said he was excited to get the chance to link up with Waterhouse and is prepared to do what it takes to succeed.

“It is a tremendous opportunity and if I put in the hard work the rewards will come,” he said.

“It is for a six-week trial period and they are providing me with a house, which is located next to the stables.”

Apprentice mentor Malcolm Fitzgerald contacted Waterhouse and arranged for Looker to get a start at the historic Tulloch Lodge.

Looker heads down to Sydney today and according to leading Grafton trainer John Shelton it is an opportunity that could not be passed up.

“It’s a big thing for a young bloke but a wonderful chance for him. You can’t knock back an opportunity to go to one of the leading stables in the country.”

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