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    JACK CHAPPLE

    FORMER Tamworth horseman Jack Chapple has settled into life near Bathurst, working for Bernie and Cath Hewitt at their Georges Plains stables. Chapple made... Young reinsman making a fist of opportunities
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    FORMER Tamworth horseman Jack Chapple has settled into life near Bathurst, working for Bernie and Cath Hewitt at their Georges Plains stables.

    Chapple made the move to “see how things would pan out”, but the 16-year-old has taken the opportunity with two hands and run with it, picking up regular drives for the stable and gaining valuable experience under Hewitt’s watchful eye.

    “I am really loving my time here in Bathurst,” Chapple said. “Bernie and Cath and all their family are wonderful people from whom I am learning so much.

    “It was an ideal situation for me to move from home and gain new experiences at this early stage of my life.”

    Chapple was given the perfect grounding to be part of the industry by his parents, his Dad, Dean, being a multiple Tamworth premiership winning trainer and Mum, Julie, a successful trainer.

    Chapple grew up driving mini trotters from a young age, claiming many wins along the way, and travelling to mini trot carnivals throughout the eastern seaboard.

    “Dad and Mum have always been supportive of my quest to etch a career as a reinsman and have afforded me every opportunity to do so,” Chapple said.

    “Growing up, both my sister Elly and I had ponies to drive, and both of us progressed onto driving the big horses once Dad was satisfied we were capable and confident enough to handle them.

    “But our life has always been about the horses and going to the trots and we all love it.”

    Tomorrow night Chapple will drive in five races at Bathurst.

    Four of his drives are long shots, but he does have a strong each way chance in race four where he will partner Ryans Gangster for Jason Hewitt.

    Numerically the gelding’s form does not read well but from gate one he has a strong opportunity regain some winning form, having lasT scored in Queensland in October.

    A slight drop in grade, along with a favourable draw and distance should suit him perfectly.

    “If we are able to push through and be prominent in the run, I feel he will be hard to beat,” Chapple explained.

    • MICHAEL DUMESNY

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