Educated and ready to go, debutant rider Ben Allen jumps aboard for his biggest test   Leave a comment

Educated and ready to go, debutant rider Ben Allen jumps aboard for his biggest test

Ben Allen will make his debut as apprentice jockey at Mornington on Tuesday. Picture: Jas

Ben Allen will make his debut as apprentice jockey at Mornington on Tuesday. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia

SCHOOL is out for Ben Allen on Tuesday.

The 15-year-old has a far more important assignment — making his debut as apprentice jockey at Mornington.

After more than 300 unofficial trials, around 55 official trials and nearly two years riding track work at Cranbourne, he is ready for the real thing after being brought up in racing family.

The year 10 Pakenham student is apprenticed to father John Allen, who is a trainer and former amateur rider. Ben’s sister, Rachael, was also a jockey.

She was forced out of race riding after a fall, but his brother Matt is still a successful jockey.

Weighing in around 45kg, Ben has been booked for two rides for his father on Tuesday and will make his debut in the fifth race on picnic performer Stan The Man and then on Lardie Lass, ridden to a last start win by his brother.

Ben’s sister Mandy, who runs breaking and pre-training centre, will be her brother’s booking agent.

Ben Allan after winning an official trial on Prince Rahy at the new Pakenham racecourse l

Ben Allan after winning an official trial on Prince Rahy at the new Pakenham racecourse last month. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia

As far as nerves go, Allen’s father John doesn’t expect any when he legs-up Ben for his first ride.

“Ben would probably be the best prepared apprentice as far as anyone goes because he has had 300 trials and (Monday) morning we had jumpouts and he did nine or ten … all the trainers use him,” Allen said.

“He has really been groomed up and he is ready to go.

“Stan the Man will probably finish in the middle of the field but he’ll give him a good feel of the track.’’

John says his two boys are competitive and Matt has already reminded Ben that Lardie Lass is a last start winner with him in the saddle victory and jokes that he’ll be watching the race from the fence, throwing stones.

Ben Allan has been building up his experience over the past two years. Picture: Jason Sam

Ben Allan has been building up his experience over the past two years. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Corp Australia

“But I have told him, win lose or draw, there’s always another day and it’s important to learn something from it and there’s no pressure,” John said.

Ben says there was never any doubt he’d be a jockey and recalls running around the horse in his brother’s old racing gears.

He is out of bed by 4am to arrive at the Cranbourne Training Complex track with his father about 5am to ride track work — and then there’s school.

“Normally mum (Sam Clipperton) brings my school clothes to the track and I have a shower and get changed in the toilets and go to school,” Ben said.

“I get to school about 9.30am.

“But it’s all been worth the wait and I’m really looking forward to my first ride.’’

Ben says his mother, who is related to Sydney jockey Sam Clipperton, wants him to finish year 10, but he’s hoping to bow out of school at the end of the year.

Originally published as Ben joins brave new world

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Posted April 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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