Young hoop aims for Searing Heights

Leading apprentice Jason Maskiell is hoping emerging stayer Searing Heights can help him land a career milestone at Moonee Valley tomorrow.

The 19-year-old needs just one winner to notch his 50th metropolitan success.

The aptly named Searing Heights, who stands at over 17 hands tall and is pictured winning at Bendigo two starts back, is stepping out to 3000m for the first time tomorrow for trainer Danny O'Brien on the back of a solid second to Black And Bent at Sandown last Wednesday week.

"He is a very honest horse who gives his all and if handles the tight Moonee Valley circuit tomorrow he will be hard to run down," O'Brien said.

"He has trained on in terrific fashion since that last start and we are expecting him to run well on Saturday," the Flemington trainer added. 

The young hoop is the son of Tasmanian jockey Stephen Maskiell and he has abandoned his attempt to win the apprentices' premiership in his home state, but already has the Victorian apprentices' title safely in his keeping.

Maskiell, who rode his first city winner aboard pick-up ride Awimoweh at Moonee Valley in June last year, has ridden 47 of his 49 city winners in Melbourne this season placing him second in the jockeys' premiership behind Luke Nolen (57 wins).

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