By: Bart Sinclair From:The Courier-Mail
BEAU Appo came to racing later than most apprentice jockeys but he hit the ground running.
Appo, who turns 19 on August 7, rode a winner on his first day of race riding at Esk on Saturday, landing the final event on Marc The Magpie at his fourth ride.
Much to his amusement, his father Lyall rode in the same race and finished seventh on Running Solo.
In a fortnight, Appo will join Brisbane corporates on a flight to St George for the annual raceday as part of a City to the Bush concept driven by a recognition of the damage last year's floods caused in the western Queensland town.
Brisbane Racing Club chief executive Stephen Ferguson hatched the idea and has convinced corporate partners Nova FM, Channel 7, Salva Resources, Avmin and Coca-Cola to invite clients and guests to the race meeting and help raise funds to aid those in need in the St George community.
It is fitting Appo is something of a racing "face" from southeast Queensland.
Dad Lyall came from bush racing centre Eidsvold in the Burnett to make a mark in Brisbane racing and also forge a successful boxing career.
Beau completed his Year 12 studies at Redcliffe. In his teenage years he showed no interest in following his father into a career in racing.
But his light frame, which still weighs only 45kg, eventually led him to give riding a shot and he joined the Michael Lakey stable at Deagon last year.
Lakey likes what he is seeing in the young man.
"He's a really good kid to have around the stable. He's learning very quickly and he rode with a lot of poise on his first day at Esk," Lakey said.
The St George experience, which came at the recommendation of Ipswich Turf Club, will benefit Beau.