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Avdulla To Be Crowned Rising Star
Leading Victorian apprentice Brenton Avdulla will be crowned the winner of the 2009 Mittys Rising Star Series at Betfair Park tomorrow. Following the Mittys Rising Stars Final, Avdulla will be presented with a trophy and prizes valued at more than $6,000 by Mittys Director Alison Cameron. Avdulla will ride Chilean-bred 3YO filly Scarlet (Dushyantor-Biala, by The Great Shark) in the Rising Stars Series Final (1720m) at the meeting. He has an unassailable 26 point lead over closest rival Billy Egan, who has missed the past two months of the Series after being injured in a track work accident. The 18YO has ridden 83 winners in Victoria so far this season, placing him at the top of the Apprentices Premiership and 11th overall in the Victorian Jockeys title. It's a tally which has drawn comparisons to former champion apprentice and last year's Emirates Melbourne Cup winning jockey Blake Shinn.