Stockdale makes debut

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A HIGHLIGHT at Greenwattle on Wednesday was the riding debut of promising Sale apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale.

Stockdale rode Pompeus in the race three maiden plate. The striking four-year-old chestnut gelding is trained by Brandon’s father Frankie.

In the parade in the mounting yard, Brandon smiled as he was getting lots of good luck messages from family and friends.

If Brandon was nervous it did not show and he rode well, guiding Pompeus into fourth place just behind the placed horses.

In race four, Brandon rode Bally Paddy, who is trained by his grandfather Mario Farrugia.

Brandon rode another good race, Bally Paddy coming home strongly to finish second to Tigerdan, ridden by Michael Rodd.

With Mario and Frankie as mentors to guide Brandon, he is certain to have a big future in racing.