The 3rd leg of the Betfair Novice Amateur Riders series took place today at Redcar and an exciting finish ensued, with Page Fuller chasing home Harry Stock and SKY CROSSING for Tom Tate who won comfortably, giving Harry his 3rd win in a week (!) and his first Flat career winning ride.
Many congratulations to winning connections and especially to Harry on a fantastic week’s work. The Betfair series now moves on to Royal Windsor on Sunday 10th August.
Click here for a replay of the closing stages of the race: http://www.chroma.premiumtv.co.uk/streaming/watch/RacingUKFlashVOD/partnerId_166/videoFileId_14264293/clipId_2417043/index.html
Many congratulations to Jodie Hughes who has already enjoyed a spectacular point-to-point season this year, which provided compensation for her long layoff much of the last two seasons following shattering her wrist in a race fall.
She is now in flying form and in her own words enjoyed “the best day of her life” today when giving Angela Clarke her first training career win with PANACHE at Worcester riding against professionals over hurdles and winning at 100-1!
With AP in 3rd, the win felt extra special for Jodie and she even managed a selfie with the beaten champion in the Weighing Room! Well done Jodie!
If you have a planned ride in Ireland, please be aware that the ONLY helmet pattern approved by the Stewards of Governing Bodies of The Irish Turf Club is: N1384:1997/PAS015:2011
The second of this year’s Fegentri World Cup of Nations races took place at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday with Tom Hamilton and Page Fuller representing Team Great Britain.
Tom led the field in the early stages but TUCKER’S LAW dropped away whilst Page weaved LIVELY INDIAN through the field to eventually join and contest France’s two front running jockeys Edouard Monfort and Delphine Garcia-Dubois.
Lively Indian responded to Page’s determined drive and went on to score comfortably for GB.
Many congratulations to Page on not only her first winner abroad but also her first flat winning ride!
The next race in the World Cup of Nations series takes place in Deauville on 3rd August followed by Berlin on 20th September. If you would like to ride abroad and represent Great Britain please download applicationformfegentri2014.pdf and return to the AJA immediately.
Many congratulations to Hugo Hunt who, in only his second ride of his career, enjoyed his first winning ride today at Salisbury riding PERFECT MISSION for Andrew Balding. Making a simple task of the race, Hugo made all to score stylishly with his mount staying on well to win by half a length from Graham Carson and HAIL PROMENADER.
Many thanks indeed to Mangan and Webb Saddlers of Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, who are very kindly offering a 10% discount to all AJA members.
A reminder to all amateur jockeys that current permits expire on 30th June. If you would like to renew your amateur licence, you can now make an online application via the following link: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/resources/licensing/amateur.asp
Remember: Baseline concussion tests are required for all amateurs when first applying for an amateur licence. Thereafter a test is required every 5 years unless the rider has more than 25 rides per year or suffers multiple concussions within the previous year before renewing.
A thrilling Queen Mother’s Cup was enjoyed on Saturday with Europe’s richest lady amateur riders’ race taking place at York featuring three previous winners in Crackentorp (twice) and Nanton. Neither of these featured in the final stages however as the always handily placed PEARL CASTLE travelled well to hit the front, chased by Katie Walsh and SAPTAPADI. However, Pearl Castle was able to dig in well to stay on by a length and give Serena Brotherton her York hat trick, having won this race in 1999 with Flower O’Cannie (Serena’s first ever Flat winner) and with Sporting Gesture in 2003.
Trainer John Quinn said “Experience was pivotal and the first 2 furlongs was the most important part. Serena rode him very well and I can see him turning up in some mile and a half handicaps.” Serena was rewarded with the traditional prize of her own weight in champagne kindly sponsored by GH Mumm and said “Winning this race all those years ago was special, and this is special.” Many congratulations to all winning connections.
Congratulations to Joanne Walton who enjoyed success riding in Hexham’s 3 mile amateur handicap hurdle with George Bewley’s mare REV UP RUBY, leading over the last to stay on and get the better of TARTAN TIGER in a driving finish to score by a head.
With the abandonment of racing at Lingfield on Saturday evening resulting in the loss of the amateur race, we are delighted to announce that following speedy negotiations with the BHA, Lingfield’s Clerk of the Course Neil Mackenzie-Ross has very kindly confirmed that an amateur race over 1m 2f 46-60 Handicap will now take place on 16th July.
We are most grateful to Arena Racing, Lingfield Park Racecourse and the BHA for making this additional race possible.