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Rawiller follows family footsteps By Ben Triandafillou HORSE racing undeniably runs in young Campbell Rawiller’s blood. Growing up in a family steeped in racing history, the aspiring 17-yearold horseman is following the path which his father Nash (champion Australian and international jockey), uncle Brad (23-time Group One winning jockey), and mother Sarah have all trodden. And the youngster took his next major step to making his dream come true, with an induction into Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program on Thursday 14 March. Campbell will join six female and three other male riders in the program which seeks to unveil the next stars of the saddle. Campbell has joined the Mornington-based stable of Logan McGill to learn his trade, while three other apprentices will also be based in Mornington: Kiran Quilty (Shane Nichols), Celine Gaudry (Pat Carey) and Matthew Cartwright (Lyn Tolson). Campbell Rawiller said it’s amazing to join Racing Victoria’s program. “It’s unreal,” he said. “They’ve just thrown 110 per cent of everything they can to get you to where you want to be. You’ve got people like the likes of Ron Hall, Matty Pumper and Darren Gauci who are just unbelievable horseman and jockeys and you couldn’t get much more of a better lead into racing than what they do for you. “It’s not only just the racing side, they’ve really covered all aspects of life. It’s making you a successful hu-

Taking the reins: Aspiring 17-yearold jockey, Campbell Rawiller, straps the Logan McGill-trained runner, The Mayor. Picture: Supplied

man and athlete so being able to have that influence I’ll just be trying to take it with both hands and throw my everything at it.” Campbell has competed in show jumping and dressage events throughout his childhood and has had plenty of inspiration to build on through his family ties to racing. The decision to become a jockey wasn’t a tough choice to make for the young horseman. “With Dad being a jockey, he had all his racing gear at home and racing has just always been there,” he said. “We’d always go support Dad and I always watched the horses and was

always into racing really. It’s just what we love and what we’ve always been around. You love the horses very first of all and the early mornings are all worth it in the long run. It’s exactly where I want to be.” Campbell had started “ground work” with his uncle, Todd, who was training in Sydney at the time, before moving back to Mornington and starting up with his current master trainer Logan McGill, just over a year ago. “He was heavily suggested from many people for his amazing horseman skills and really being able to be a great influence on me and my career,” Campbell said. “As soon as I

met Logan, I really wanted to be his apprentice.” “I pretty much started with Logan from there and he’s just had me irons down in the arena not worrying about the track at the start and just really teaching me how to be a horseman. He’s just been unreal, absolutely unreal. He’s taught me how to ride and how to ride properly and I can’t thank him enough for that.” Campbell is currently riding in jumpouts and rides work every morning as well as completing work around the stables. He’s hoping to land his first ride in an official race by the end of the year but said he’s more focussed

on taking everything “step by step”. “There’s no real rush but hopefully before the end of the year I’d like to have my first ride but I have got my trial rides to keep doing and all I can do is keep improving and trying hard and when Logan’s happy with me and the Apprentice School reckons I’m ready to go well that’ll be when I’ll go,” he said. “I won’t be trying to rush any steps and I’ve always just found the more and more you do something the better you’re going to get so the more trials the better.” While the up-and-comer won’t be riding at Mornington’s Cup Day meeting on Saturday 23 March, he said the day has always been pretty special to the family. “I’ve been to a couple when Dad was riding in a couple of the Mornington Cups years and years ago, but we’ve always gotten involved at the Mornington Cup,” Campbell said. “It’s always a great day out for everyone and something well worth not missing.” His father, Nash, claimed the Listed Mornington Cup on two occasions. Once, on the triple Mornington Cup champion Gunnamatta (trained by Tony Noonan) who he rode to his second win in 2003, and again in 2007 when he saluted on Hofmeister. His uncle, Brad, also won the Cup on the Mick Kent-trained Banana Man in 2009. This year’s edition of the Mornington Cup is also set to be an intriguing contest with the winner gaining ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup in October.

Young guns to take centre stage at the Mornington Peninsula Tennis International MELBOURNE’S south is getting ready to host some strong up and coming talent as the Australian Pro Tour for 2018/19 draws to a conclusion at the Mornington Peninsula Tennis International. Rinky Hijikata (NSW) and Dane Sweeny (QLD) top the players to watch as they venture down to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula region to tackle the clay from 18 - 31 March. Mildura Grand Tennis International champion, Dayne Kelly, is gearing up for back-to-back titles after claiming a record third championship up north. He joins the talented field of players, representing seven nations, eager to hold aloft the trophy. Mornington Tennis Club President, Thomas Kenny, is looking forward to welcoming the players and spectators

to the Mornington Peninsula. “Mornington Tennis Centre, which incorporates Mornington Tennis Club and Elite Tennis Academy, are extremely proud to be hosting the upcoming Pro Tour International event, in conjunction with our sponsors; Mornington Shire Council, Tennis Australia, Tennis Victoria and Audi Mornington,” Kenny said. “This is a prestigious men’s event, with two tournaments running consecutively for two weeks, commencing Monday the 18th March, with a total of $15,000 prize money for each week, with players from all over the world, and is sanctioned by the I.T.F. “Mornington Tennis Centre is the premier tennis venue on the Peninsula, and has twelve player-friendly ConiPur clay courts, similar to those on the European tour, all under lights,

with a comfortable, and welcoming club rooms, with food and beverages available,” he said. Tournament Director, Jason Simmons, says this event could act as the perfect springboard for some of the youngsters. “There is a very impressive line-up of players heading to the Mornington Peninsula and I think it will make for a thoroughly entertaining event,” Simmons said. “There’s a host of players ready to pounce and some names people should keep an eye on following the next couple of weeks. “The officials and volunteers put an enormous amount of work into the event and I’m pleased with how everything is tracking for Day One of the tournament.” Facility operator, Kate Antosik,

believes spectators will have a great opportunity to see some new faces in action. “We are excited to have the upcoming Pro Tours at the Mornington Peninsula where we can showcase a high level of tennis to the centre’s patrons and the local community,” Antosik said. “We hope to see the community out supporting the event.” Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill says Mornington Peninsula Shire is pleased to be supporting the Mornington Tennis International with a $20,000 grant. “Council welcomes the opportunity to help showcase and increase sports participation on the Peninsula – this tournament is a wonderful way to bring the community together to participate in such a terrific sporting

event,” Cr Gill said. The event will kick off on Monday 18 March and finish on Sunday 24 March with the second tournament to commence on Monday 25 March and conclude on Sunday 31 March. The Mornington Peninsula Tennis International is part of the Australian Pro Tour, a series of professional tennis events that bridge junior events and the ATP/WTA Tour, providing an opportunity for players to earn their first world ranking points. For more information about the Australian Pro Tour, Tennis Australia or the players visit www.tennis.com.au. For more information on the ITF World Tennis Tour visit www.itftennis.com. Live scores and live streams of Australian Pro Tour events are available through www.tennis.com.au/ protour/scores.

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