Gwenda Markwell closes out Kembla Grange trainers' title


Gwenda Markwell

Gwenda Markwell

Gwenda Markwell has wrapped up both of Kembla Grange trainers' titles on offer this season, leaving the riders to scrap for the senior jockey and apprentice titles over the remaining five meetings.

Mitchell Bell (90 points) has a handy break over Jeff Penza (80) and Scott Pollard (76) in the race to be crowned champion jockey, but there will be twists and turns until the season's final meeting on July 19.

Penza, arguably the hardest working jockey in NSW given the enormous kilometres he clocks up each year, won last year's crown.

The apprentice battle figures to be just as intriguing - even allowing for the fact a couple of the main protagonists may not be seen regularly at Kembla as the premiership closes.

Winona Costin (50) opened up a handy break before establishing herself in the city after transferring her indentures to Gai Waterhouse. That placement provided a glimmer of hope for Brodie Loy (41), who chalked up a winner and a second placing from a nice book of rides last weekend.


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