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Top Kiwi Apprentice Sydney Bound
New Zealand's champion apprentice Rory Hutchings will depart for Australia on Monday to join the stable of Sydney's leading trainer Chris Waller, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I rode for Chris last year for a couple of weeks and when I left he said to stay in touch," Hutchings said. "I caught up with him at the sales at Karaka earlier this year and he said he would be happy for me to go back. With the Brisbane carnival on it's a good time of the year to go." Hutchings, who is due to come out of his time with Graeme Rogerson in mid-June, is uncertain when he would return to New Zealand. "I'll be going on loan originally and I'll just see how things go. I haven't set a date to come back," he said. Hutchings, 20, was runner-up to Jason Collett for the apprentices' premiership in 2011-12 before claiming the crown the following season with 73 winners and again in 2013-14 with a haul of 109. He currently has a 28 win lead on Samantha Wynne in the race for the title this season, which has been highlighted by his first Gr1 victory aboard Soriano in the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Hutchings later doubled his tally when he partnered the Rogerson-trained mare to win the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa in February.