Blue Hedges won an eventful second division of the amateur riders handicap under Alison Hutchinson at Wolverhampton on 6h November. But the race was marred by a fatal injury to favourite La Via Ferrata, giving Chrissie Hannaford a nasty looking fall which miraculously resulted in only severe bruising and no broken bones.
The eventful race also saw Cordage and Commander Wish out of the race, as their jockeys James Down and Katie James were unseated in the melee.
Thank you to Limerick Racecourse and to Aileen Sloane Lee of the Lady Jockeys Association of Ireland for inviting a team of six British jump ladies to take on the Irish!
Great Britain’s team of Claire Allen, Lucy Gardner, Polly Gundry, Katherine Hobbs, Caroline Hurley and Charlotte Tizzard will compete against their Irish equivalents who include Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh in a hurdle which will not be confined to 12 runners, but the Anglo Irish teams will be drawn to ride the 12 top weights.
Good luck to all contestants!
Joseph Coate will be remembered on Thursday at Taunton when an amateur riders’ race will carry his name in memory of him.
It is nearly a year since Joseph was tragically killed only days after joining the AJA and planning to have his first ride as an amateur jockey. We are therefore extremely grateful to Taunton Racecourse for allowing this year’s Opening Meets Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle to be renamed in memory of Joseph. His parents will be there on the day to present the winning connections with their prizes.
Please come along to Bangor on Dee on Wednesday and support the twelve intrepid charity race jockeys who will be helping to boost JP’s fund and at the same time give us all some great entertainment!
The twelve riders will be: Keith Dalgleish, Brian Doran, Tori Graham, Ed Gretton, Ben Halsall, Camilla Henderson, James Lambe, Charlie Mann, Kerry Maxwell, Mick Naughton, Micro Parrish and last but not least Georgie Thorogood who helped the AJA to organise this wonderful race.
Many thanks to everyone involved, and in particular Bangor Racecourse and all of the owners, trainers and of course riders for making this possible, and Alan Halsall of Silver Cross for generously sponsoring this charity race.
After an eventful outcome from the first race of the new season’s Hands and Heels Series at Haydock when two of the jockeys taking part (including amateur Joe Proctor) were banned from riding in the rest of the series because of resorting to using their whips, it was great to see Lucy Gardner take the spoils at Taunton on 26th October.
Unfortunately automatic disqualification is the result of using the whip because this would be in breach of the race conditions, so PLEASE REMEMBER THIS if you take part in any of these races!!!!! The jockeys concerned also received a 7 day ban and so PLEASE RESPECT THESE RACE CONDITIONS AND ABIDE BY THEM!!!
Many congratulations to Lucy on showing us all how to win one of these races – exactly as the race title states – WITH YOUR HANDS AND HEELS!!