Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 60

WITH SHANE SKEEN sport Chelsea Ings first TAB double Chelsea Ings is a Hawkesbury apprentice making real progress in the sport of kings. Ings has been in the saddle more than 260 times, boasting a 6% winning ratio but in the past 12 months, that has improved markedly to 10%. The 22-year-old from Richmond went bush last month and returned home with her first double at a TAB meeting. Her successes at Dubbo on Fairy Shadow and Epic Decision not only provided her with a career highlight, but it was also her second double on consecutive weekends. “Things are going really well at That love of horses started from a young age, Chelsea was almost born on the back of a horse. present, and I’m very thankful to the country trainers who have been giving me these opportunities in recent weeks,” said Ings. “I’m also tremendously appreciative of my Mum, who is my greatest supporter, and regularly travels with me to the country meetings.” Ings’ winning spree began at Nyngan on Anzac Day (April 25) when she scored at the non-TAB Chelsea’s smile says it all about how much she loves being in the saddle. meeting on Rather than return home, Ings and Laugher for local trainer Rodney Robb. mother Wanda travelled to Dubbo and That was followed by a double at stayed overnight prior to the TAB program another non-TAB fixture at Cobar on there. Leroska and Fairisle Miss for Mudgee It was worth it. Ings won the Maiden trainer Brett Thompson. Plate (1400m) for Peter Stanley on Fairy Her victory on Fairisle Miss in the Shadow ($12), who broke through at Cobar Cup (1700m) was her first trophy her 17th start after three previous minor triumph. placings. Last month, Chelsea answered a call She then clinched a breakthrough TAB from Thompson to ride Fairisle Miss’ meeting double by winning the last race, stablemate Emilion Storm, who started at the Class 1 Handicap (1000m), overcoming $81 and finished down the track in a Class a wide barrier on Epic Decision ($5) for 1 Handicap (1300m). Gunnedah trainer Gavin Groth. Ironically, her double came at the expense of Hawkesbury-trained Azcannyaz ($7), who was runner-up in a tight finish. Ings was initially scheduled to complete her apprenticeship on August 1, but has been able to get a sizeable extension. “Because of injuries and some other time out of the saddle, I will be able to ride after August for a further 18 months as an apprentice,” she explained. Hawkesbury boys selected for NSW New South Wales Metro cricket squads for the Under 19 and Under 17 National Championships to be played later this year have been released. The 25-player Under 17 Metro squad will be part of the National Championship in Brisbane during September and early October while the Under 19 Champions will be held in Brisbane during December. Former Australian spinner Beau Casson will coach the Under 19 Metro side while former Blues player Anthony Clark will coach the Under 17 Metro squad. In great news for cricket in the Hawkesbury, two local boys were selected in the Under 19’s squad – Ryan Mizzi and Antum Naqvi. Mizzi has had prior experience at State level, having been selected in the Under 17 side in 2015/16. Ryan attended Arndell Anglican College in Oakville and as you’d expect, was a standout performer on the 2016 Sports Honour Roll, winning awards for NSW CCSC Cricket and NSW Under 19’s cricket. Naqvi has a wonderful story to tell. Born in Belgium, Antum moved to Australia as a six-year-old with his family. The young all-rounder spent the majority of his youth in Tracy Village in the Northern Territory and has modelled his game on former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. His dad Zubair has A young Josh Clarke celebrates after scoring a century a few years ago. 60 ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 Antum Naqvi showing his style as a young lad in the Northern Territory been a huge influence on his career thus far. We wish both boys well later this year and will follow their progress. Whilst we’re on the Hawkesbury Cricket Club, it would be remiss of me @FVFFW"6WRbF&P6WfVVG2BFR5r&V֖W"7&6WBv&G0FW"7FWBFRVBb&FW&Pv2FW6W'fVB&V6vFf"FRv2द66&Rv2VBFPw6w&fR7'G2W&B"f'7Bw&FPFVbFRV"f"6V6#brFRw6w&fR7'G2W&BfVGW&W2FRF6&G6VFP4FN( 2f'7Bw&FR6WFFFPVFrv6WFVWW"BFRFfW &vW'2vFFR( &VǒVFƗ7B06F6VV7F2&6VB7FF7F72g&ЧFR&VƖ֖'&VG2ǒvF6&P76rb'V2GW&rFR7VW"GBƖW"6VB6V6BfgFw&FR6FbFRV"B6F666VBWVF&BFRfW'Fw&FP6FbFRV"fǒ6w&GVF2F6W&षvvv&W&W6VB5r6&V@v662FW"bFRTW@FwwrFWw26RDRvW6'W'DUTDT@