MITCH Chapple is hoping for a change in luck when he returns to training with Derringer in a Menangle Country Series Final on Saturday night.
The Maitland 20-year-old was the Hunter’s representative in the NSW Rising Stars drivers’ series last week, which took in races at Young, Bathurst, Bankstown, Newcastle and Menangle.
Chapple, who has focused on training this year after breaking his wrist, was last in the series after three of his 10 drives were scratched.
However, the series, which took in tours of the Luke McCarthy and Steve Turnbull stables as well as Success Stud, was still a huge thrill for the aspiring trainer-driver.
“It was just a great experience to drive for other people and at different tracks,” Chapple said. “I’m still keen to drive. I broke my wrist at the start of the year and lost all the opportunities I had before that. I’ll just stick to driving mine until I get a few more drives and hopefully it goes from there.”
Chapple’s father, Guy, a Newcastle premiership winner, will drive Derringer in the C1-C2 final at Menangle. Derringer was part of Mitch’s first winning double last December but he has not saluted since. He has finished second his past four starts.
“He’s airborne at the moment the little fella,” Mitch said. “Hopefully he gets a good run Saturday night and he’s close enough to them.
“He’s just been finding horses that are better than him. He didn’t have a lot of luck either and he went off a little bit, but now he’s back ready to rock.”
Newcastle has an eight-race meeting on Saturday night from 5.09pm.
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