THE AMATEUR JOCKEYS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN

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All-Weather Season Hots Up

05-02-2015

With the All-Weather season soon to reach its climax, this season has just 3 races left for amateur jockeys (Wolverhampton 7th & 16th February and season finale for the first time at Southwell on 25th March).  With the professional season’s final raceday scheduled at Lingfield’s extravaganza on Good Friday 3rd April, this brings our corresponding seasons as near together as possible.  Current positions are:

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Multiple champion Simon Walker has dominated much of this season but he is being given a good run by Joanna Mason (below) who is enjoying her best season to date on this surface.

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Serena Brotherton has leapt up the tables recently following her win at Southwell on Tuesday with AMAZING BLUE SKY for Ruth Carr (below) and joins Ross Birkett in third place (10 points).

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Serena and Simon have been old adversaries for this championship title for the past few years and both currently share the 2013/14 title having finished last season on equal points!  Following her win, Serena said “I was struggling for most of the way but then he came back on the bridle and I was left in front sooner than I intended.  It wasn’t a great race but he’s a grand old horse.”  (Now a 9 year old, Amazing Blue Sky was making his 107th start on the Flat and his 113th in total following a recent spell over jumps, and this was his 11th Flat win!)

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AJA Membership Fee 2015

01-01-2015

As from 1st January 2015, the cost of AJA annual membership (which gives a full 12 months cover from whatever date you join) will rise from £90 pa to £100 pa.  AJA membership automatically insures its members for riding out anywhere worldwide.

AJA membership cost represents fantastic value for money, being available to anyone under 70 years of age, regardless of whether or not they are a licensed jockey.

Please note that cover is for temporary disability only, and there is no cover for permanent disability, third party or death.  Benefit is for £150 to be paid after the first 35 days incapacitated for up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

Chris Martin leaps into lead in All-Weather Championship

08-02-2011

Congratulations to BRENDAN POWELL on riding his first winner under rules in the first division of Southwell’s All-Weather for his father Brendan senior today.  The trainer said: “He’s had a couple of hundred rides flapping in Ireland and this is all he’s ever wanted to do.”

The second division was a repeat of last year’s race with Jackie Kiely enjoying visiting his favourite track, beating Bright Sparky to score for the 10th time at Southwell!  This win was significant for jockey CHRIS MARTIN, giving him 5 points to leap ahead of current leader SIMON WALKER in the Amateur All-Weather Championship with only two days All-Weather racing of the amateur season remaining (12th and 21st February, both at Wolverhampton).  The current table is as follows:

Results up to

9th February 2011

 

 

 

 

NAME

1st (5 points)

2nd (2 points)

3rd (1 point)

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Chris Martin

3

2

19

Mr Simon Walker

3

1

17

Miss Becky Brisbourne

1

1

7

Mr Freddie Mitchell

1

1

7

Mr Brendan Powell

1

1

7

Miss Pernilla Harmansson

1

1

6

Mr Justin Newman

1

1

6

Mr Joe Coffill-Brown

1

 

 

5

Mr Oliver Greenall

1

5

Mr Stephen Harrison

1

5

Miss Lucy Horner

1

5

Mr Marcus Price

1

5

Mr Declan Queally

1

5

Mr Jack Quinlan

1

5

Mr Robbie Williams

1

5

ONLINE RULE BOOK

26-07-2007

As from Tuesday 31st July 2007, the newly created interactive Orders and Rules of Racing (the ‘Rules’) and Guide to Procedures and Penalties (the ‘Guide’) will be available online.

Access can be gained either directly through http://rules.britishhorseracing.com or via the British Horseracing website (www.britishhorseracing.com).

Online access to the Rules and Guide ensures that both publications are fully up to date and also provides:

· Easy to use menus and search facilities

· Links between the Rules and their respective penalties

· Highlighted Rule changes (with effective date), together with the ability to view old versions and proposed changes

· Ability to print or copy text into other office documents

In the light of accessibility to the Rules and Guide online, hard copies will no longer be sent out on an annual basis.

Any Amateur Rider who still wishes to receive a hard copy of either publication can obtain one by request from the Licensing Department. Please contact Alexandra Walls on 020 7189 3844.

CALLING ALL TRAINERS – HORSE NEEDED URGENTLY!!!

19-07-2007

Calling all trainers – mount needed for charity raceCAROLINE BEAUMONT of the HRA’s disciplinary department is on the lookout for a ride in a charity race in aid of Spinal Research at Lingfield on Saturday. Beaumont, who says she has been has been “nearly killing myself to get fit for the race, riding out three mornings a week, going to the gym and working on an equiciser”, has received numerous sponsorship pledges, but has been let down at the last minute. If any trainer has a suitable steed for the charity race, which is over 7f on Polytrack at 5.20pm, Beaumont can be contacted on 07956 263497 or call the AJA on 01886 884488.

B R E A K I N G N E W S ! !

23-05-2007

The AJA are delighted to announce a fantastic new AJA membership package which now includes:

* FROM 1ST JULY 2007, AUTOMATIC WORLDWIDE INSURANCE FOR ALL EXISTING AND NEW AJA MEMBERS AGAINST TEMPORARY INJURY WHILST RIDING OUT OR HANDLING A RACEHORSE OR POINT-TO-POINTER, WITH INCAPACITY BENEFIT OF £100 PER WEEK PAYABLE AFTER THE FIRST 28 DAYS OF INJURY FOR UP TO 104 WEEKS. Please note that this cover does not include any capital benefits (such as death) but simply offers financial assistance whilst incapacitated.

* In addition, the amateur jockey’s permit includes NEWLY IMPROVED RACECOURSE INSURANCE FROM WEIGH OUT TO WEIGH IN against injury, with incapacity benefit of £250 per week payable after the first 28 days of injury for up to 104 weeks, together with cover against medical expenses, permanent injury and death, as well as many other benefits.

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THE CHASE FOR THE TITLES HOT UP

23-05-2007

Saturday evening’s racing at Stratford-upon-Avon is eagerly awaited by us all when the champions of both the lady and gentlemen’s National Hunt amateur titles will be presented with a magnum of Bollinger champagne by our President, Mr Gay Kindersley.

With David England breaking his leg mid-season when leading the table, he has achieved an incredible feat by retaining runner-up position whilst forced to sit on the sidelines and watch his weighing room colleagues enjoying themselves on the racecourse. Thomas Greenall only recently overtook David’s total tally of 22 winners and is currently on 24 and has the title safe in his clutches. His next nearest rival is Alan Berry on 11, with Jamie Snowden also sidelined with a broken ankle when on 10.

The ladies title has not got such a certain result, although Rose Davidson looks set to retain her title with 9 wins to date. However, both Rachael Green and Jenny Riding are breathing down her neck with 7 wins each so nothing is certain, and a race is certainly on for the ladies runner-up slot at the least, with so few opportunities left for amateurs to ride over jumps between now and Saturday evening.

Good luck to everyone! And don’t forget, we will once again be celebrating the Champions great achievements with the AJA CHRISTMAS CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS CRAIC which is on 15TH DECEMBER at CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE!

GET MENDED SOON BURTY AND PRITCH!

23-05-2007

Richard Burton and Julian Pritchard are nursing broken bones after point-to-point falls.

Richard, reigning point-to-point champion and successful at Cheltenham and Aintree this year, has a broken ankle and will be in plaster for five or six weeks.

He was long odds-on to retain his national point-to-point title, having built a lead of 11 over James Tudor, but the gap was cut to seven at the weekend.James has seven more racing days in which to overhaul Burty.

Julian, Britain’s most successful point-to-point rider with 384 winners and awarded the AJA President’s Prize for 2005, broke the top of his femur while riding at Bredwardine on Saturday. His injury was plated and screwed on Sunday and he expects to be released from Hereford hospital this week.

The AJA send both of them get well wishes for a speedy recovery. We all eagerly await the return to the saddle of other top amateur riders injured this season, including David England who was leading the NH men’s table at the time that he broke his leg and has still managed to retain runner up slot – a magnificent achievement in itself – Jamie Snowden (broken ankle), Serena Brotherton (broken pelvis) and Harry Fowler (punctured lung). Hurry back everyone!

RENEW YOUR AMATEUR RIDER’S PERMIT NOW!!!

18-05-2007

RENEWAL OF AMATEUR RIDER’S PERMIT

Amateur Riders are reminded that Permits to ride expire on 30th June 2007. The Licensing Department of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority will be sending out renewal applications before the end of this month.

The Horseracing Regulatory Authority has directed that applicants for Amateur Riders Permits should be subject to a medical examination by their own doctors at the ages of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and older (or if they reach that age during the next licence period). Upon reaching 50 years of age, they are required to be examined by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority’s Chief Medical Adviser.

Please note that if you are due to complete a medical report you will also be expected to complete a baseline concussion test prior to the renewal of your Permit.

All Amateur Riders who have had 25 rides or more will be required to complete a further Baseline Concussion Test prior to submitting your application.

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H8 WHIPS – SPECIFICATIONS (RULE 149(ii))

03-05-2007

Please note that there have been several amendments made to the whips since the end of last year. There are now four versions of the new whip, which is now readily available via the valets, and the usual outlets and riders are permitted to change and customise handles.

The HRA formally introduced the new air-cushioned whip on April 1 and the rule has been enforced since May 1.

MODICATION OF “THE ORDERS AND RULES OF RACING”

The Horseracing Regulatory Authority has approved the following modications to the “Orders and Rules of Racing”, to take effect on and after March 31 2007:

H8 WHIPS – SPECIFICATIONS (RULE 149(ii))

Only whips which have been approved by a panel nominated by the HRA will satisfy compliance with Rule 149(ii). In approving any such whip, a panel will have regard to all the specifications set out below including the mandatory shock absorbing characteristics.

The whips have been designed, constructed and approved for either Flat or Jump races and are only to be carried in those races for which they have been approved.

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