Local hoop takes top apprentice award

Jasmin Cornish at the 2022 Queensland Thoroughbred Awards. Photo by Michael McInally
Jasmin Cornish at the 2022 Queensland Thoroughbred Awards. Photo by Michael McInally

Local apprentice jockey Jasmin Cornish claimed Racing Queensland’s Provincial Apprentice Jockey Premiership in a season that saw her win 81.5 races.

Cornish also finished second on the Provincial Jockey Premiership standings for the 2021/22 season, behind Ryan Wiggins.

Cornish only gained her apprentice jockey licence on 25 April 2021 and quickly showed great natural ability.

Coming from one of local racing’s families, she is apprenticed to her father, Greg Cornish.

Her mother, Sheree Drake was one of Queensland’s top provincial jockeys until injury cut her career short in 2018.

Significantly, Cornish won this year’s Beaudesert Cup in July on Lemon Duchess, trained by Greg Cornish, for her 101st win.

Earlier in the day, she had achieved her 100th win on the Les Ross trained Alert State in Race Two.

At the time, she was ranked sixth on the Queensland Jockeys’ Premiership table.

Cornish had 601 starts in the 2021/22 season for $1,972,773 prizemoney and a win to start strike rate of 13.6% (place strike rate of 38.9%).

In an outstanding season, Cornish also claimed her maiden metropolitan win aboard Hoot ‘N’ Holler.

This season she won the Jonker at Aquis Two Year Old Handicap at Eagle Farm on Mishani Renegade, trained by Les Ross.

Cornish is currently third in the 2022/23 Provincial Apprentice Jockey Premiership and fifth in the Provincial Jockey Premiership.

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