Patrick Moloney after winning on Prince Rahy.Patrick Moloney after winning on Prince Rahy. Photo: Getty Images

There are very few jockeys who stay at school until they have finished year 12, and even less who step into the wider world with an Enter score of 90.

But red-headed Patrick Moloney, this season’s top apprentice, is not a typical rider, certainly in terms of background.

The youngster, who advertised his talents at Moonee Valley on Saturday with a double (following a treble at the same venue the previous weekend) comes from a family steeped in Australian racing.

His father Gerard, to whom he is apprenticed, and his uncle John, for whom he rides often, are Caulfield trainers.

Both men are sons of one of the greats of the Australian training ranks, Jim Moloney, best known for his long partnership with champion jockey Pat Hyland and for preparing the great sprinter Vain, one of the few gallopers whose name can be mentioned in the same breath as Black Caviar.