AARON Mitchell and Fred Kersley were the major winners at Racing and Wagering WA’s Apprentice Jockey Awards last week.
Mitchell took out Leading Metropolitan Apprentice Jockey and Best All Round Apprentice after riding 34 metropolitan winners, including the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) on Seannie and the West Australian Cup with Zarantz for host trainer Simon Miller.
Kersley, the grandson of famed trainer Fred Kersley, claimed Leading Outer Provincial Apprentice Jockey and Most Promising Junior Rider.
Four months after getting his permit to ride, the teenager posted his first metropolitan win on his grandfather’s gelding Cappo D’Oro at Ascot in March.
Kersley also had excellent seasons at Esperance, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie with 23 winners.