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Century of wins for Jacob Lowry

(Jacob Lowry weighing in for another winner)

The White Robe Lodge apprentice jockey Jacob Lowry won his 100th race at Ashburton on Friday (7/7/2017). Lowry (19) brought up the century of wins on Bullitt from the Waiuku stable of Sean Cameron. He won the next two races on Belle Boy (trained by Kelvin Tyler) and Londonderry Air (Brian and Shane Anderton) to take his tally for the season to 48. 

"It was great to get the 100th winner and after that to win a race for Kelvin who has been a good supporter and another for BJ (Anderton) who has been my greatest supporter,'' said Lowry.

Lowry is in his fourth season and has gone from strength to strength. Born on March 22, 1998, he began riding in March, 2014 and was winless in 27 rides in the four months he rode that season. He broke through for his first win on Valiant at Washdyke in October, 2014 at his 38th ride. Valiant was trained by Lowry's mentor and grandfather, Brian Anderton and uncle Shane at WRL. Lowry won 23 races that season. He began the following season (2015-16) on a high note winning the group three $100,000 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on the Tyler -trained Timy Tyler and a $40,000 open sprint the same day on Scapolo, trained by Kevin Myers. Lowry ended the season with 31 wins and $686,774 in stakes.

His stakes tally this season is $706,332 and his wins include the gr three $100,000 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m), listed $50,000 Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton (for the second year in a row) and listed $50,000 Timaru Cup (1600m) for the second year on Tommy Tucker and the gr 3 $80,000 South Island Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton for the second year on Coulee.

It is little wonder that Tommy Tucker is his favourite horse and Riccarton his favourite track. He has ridden Tommy Tucker in 10 wins.

Lowry is due to complete his time in March next year.

"My ambition is to become the number one South Island rider which will not be easy against Chris Johnson,'' said Lowry, the leading South Island apprentice this season. Johnson is the leading jockey for New Zealand with 109 wins. Johnson (53) has regained the top spot he occupied in the 1995-96 season with 140 wins.

The Ashburton win over 2100m was the third of the season for Londonderry Air, a 5yr-old by Raise The Flag from Rubiette.

Chequered Flag(Raise The Flag - Star Of Mulwala), bred by Brian and Lorraine Anderton, followed up his 10 length win in a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool  with a four and three quarter length win over 2400m at Sandown on Wednesday (19/7/2017).

Southern Aurora credited Raise The Flag with his 17th individual winner in New Zealand this season when he won over 2100m at Washdyke on Friday. Raced by Culverden breeder Helen Ferguson and trained at Riccarton by Kevin and Pam Hughes, Southern Aurora is the last foal of Albertina, an Omnicorp mare who won an open 2000m at Riccarton and the 2005 Cromwell Cup.