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Apprentice Lulu Stanford accepts job with Gai Waterhouse in Australia

Lulu Stanford's last winner in Britain was Maori Bob at Leicester in October
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British apprentice Lulu Stanford has abandoned plans to return home in the spring and will instead stay on with Gai Waterhouse in Australia, where she has been offered a job to ride as stable apprentice.

The 19-year-old left Michael Bell's yard in October to spend the winter in Sydney with Waterhouse to gain some experience, but will not now return home as initially planned to pursue a domestic career in which her current tally is 37 winners.

The 5lb claimer, who was thought to have a job lined up for her intended return to Britain, tweeted: "After a few months of long, hard thinking I've come to a decision. After experiencing both sides of the world I've decided that Australia is the place for me. Thank you everyone for the support in Britain, all the amazing days racing and great memories. Now's time to make it count."

Her father, Newmarket trainer Eugene, said: "I'm pleased Lulu is staying out there as there will be more opportunities for her and she can go racing in different states and different places.

"Here it's a tough life for apprentices, and if I have an entry in an apprentice race I must get 20 different agents ringing me offering 20 different jockeys."

He added: "She's in the best place and I hope it comes off as she's a good jockey, and I'm not just saying that because I'm her father. She's a good little rider and knows what she's doing."


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After experiencing both sides of the world I've decided that Australia is the place for me. Thank you everyone for the support in Britain
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