HIGHLY TALENTED: Young gun James Orman propels Star Drop to victory at Caloundra.
HIGHLY TALENTED: Young gun James Orman propels Star Drop to victory at Caloundra.

Young hoop’s racing through the ranks

RACING: James Orman is one of the sport’s rising stars and trainer Rex Lipp can see why.

The teenager is Queensland’s leading apprentice hoop, with 126 winners, and on Sunday he was at it again, steering the Lipp-trained Star Drop to a narrow win in the Fish on Flinders Class 5 Handicap (1200m) at Corbould Park.

He expertly guided the diminutive four-year-old mare to the line and the $4.80 chance won with three others runners within half-a-length.

“Jimmy’s got a lot to learn but... he’s a very level headed fellow for his age.” Lipp said.

“He doesn’t come back and tell you lies.”

Orman’s emergence on the racing scene has certainly been noticed, rewarded with his first couple of Group 1 rides in recent times.

He was aboard Target In Sight in the BTC Cup and on Messene in the Doomben Cup.

“He’s always had the ambition to go forward in his riding career which he has done with a major step,” Toowoomba-based Lipp said.

As for Star Drop, she is likely to build towards either the Listed $100,000 Gai Waterhouse Classic for fillies and mares (1350m) at Ipswich or the $60,000 XXXX Handicap for fillies and mares (1300m) at Corbould Park on Caloundra Cup Day.



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