Category: Jockey News

Licence renewal


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:

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.

Serena Brotherton enjoys third QM success at York



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.


Joanna revs up Ruby


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.

Lingfield reschedule amateur race 16th July


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.

James Harding repeats 2013 success at Goodwood


Congratulations to James Harding who enjoyed a repeat of 12 months ago when winning with BALMORAL CASTLE this evening at Goodwood for Hughie Morrison.  This was James’s second winner of the season, having won recently at Newbury.

Betfair Novice Flat Jockey Series 2014



The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to welcome the return of the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Series for 2014.  The Series is open to amateur jockeys who are members of the AJA and who at the start of the 2014 Flat Season have ridden no more than 3 winners under the Rules of Racing (both Jump and Flat).  This excludes Point-to-Point and Arab racing wins.

The Amateur Jockeys Association will manage the series in consultation with the British Horseracing Authority.  In addition Jimmy Bleasdale, Jockey Coach based at the Northern Racing College near Doncaster, will be in attendance to walk the course with the participating jockeys before each race and to offer them help and advice.

This year the series has grown from 6 to 8 races culminating in the finale at Carlisle’s meeting on Wednesday 27th August.  Points will be awarded to riders with 10 points for the winner, 6 for second, 4 for third and 2 for fourth.  Also-rans will be awarded 1 point.

In addition to winning connections being presented with Betfair trophies after each race, the winning series jockey will be presented with the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Series Trophy.

Races are scheduled to take place as follows:

16th July Catterick Bridge

23rd July Leicester

30th July Redcar

10th August Royal Windsor

11th August Thirsk

15th August Nottingham

25th August Ripon

27th August Carlisle

Barry Orr, Head of Public Relations at Betfair, commented today ‘’We are delighted to once again back the Amateur Jockeys Association flat series. The increase to eight races is a testament to a fantastic first year for the series and jockey participation levels have been excellent.’’  

Dawn Goodfellow, CEO of The Northern Racing College, said “The Northern Racing College is delighted to be providing jockey coaches again for this second Betfair Amateur series.  We believe it offers an excellent opportunity and incentive for amateur riders to develop their race riding skills and very much look forward to being involved.”  

Jimmy Bleasdale, Jockey Coach, said “I am looking forward to this season’s Amateur Novice Series sponsored by Betfair.  I hope it is as exciting as last year and takes us to the wire in the finale event at Carlisle again.”

Sarah Oliver, CEO of the AJA, said “We were delighted that Betfair’s inaugural series was so popular amongst both jockeys and trainers, giving 43 individual novice amateur jockeys 78 rides on 6 different UK racecourses.   This series proved itself as a launching pad for the careers of young amateurs who often struggle to get rides and since last year at least 2 participating jockeys have turned professional.  Thanks to the generosity of Betfair’s sponsorship, 2014 sees the series extended to 8 races which offer race riding opportunities together with education and training.”

Amateur Jump Champions to be crowned at Stratford this Friday evening 30th May


With only 2 days left of the amateur season, a thrilling battle to the line for both championships is in store!  Tomorrow night’s racing at Wetherby will see Steven Crawford ride for his brother with IZZINI in the first, victorious for Steven a few days ago.  Harry Bannister then has 3 rides to enjoy later in the evening.  Meanwhile at Worcester Lucy Gardner has a ride which might give her the chance to equal current leader of the ladies table Ally Stirling.


The championship runs from 8th June 2013 until 30th May 2014


Results up to Tuesday 27th May 2014

Mr Harry Bannister


Mr Steven Crawford


Mr Kit Alexander


Mr Sam Waley-Cohen


Mr Michael Legg


Mr Will Biddick


Mr Tom Hamilton


* Callum Bewley


Mr Paddy Gerety


Mr Mark Wall


Mr Alex Edwards


Mr Bradley Gibbs


Mr Jamie Hamilton


Mr Robert Hawker


Mr Tom Weston



The championship runs from 8th June 2013 until 30th May 2014

Results up to Tuesday 27th May 2014

Miss Ally Stirling


Miss Lucy Gardner


Miss Gina Andrews


Mrs Alex Dunn


Miss Lizzie Kelly


Miss Catherine Walton


Miss Claire Hart


Miss Alice Mills


Miss Jane Williams


Miss Bridget Andrews


*  turned professional

Newmarket charity race 16th August


If you are a competent rider and would like to ride in a charity race at Newmarket on the July Course on 16th August and can raise £2,500 in aid of Racing Welfare, the race is over 8 furlongs (weight 11 stone 7 lbs) please e-mail as soon as possible for an application form.

Fegentri representatives progress up the rankings


Well done Freddy Tett finishing 2nd in Dusseldorf last week when riding for GB!  The Omani rider’s tack slipped in the closing stages of the race and he fell directly into Freddy’s path but fortunately for all concerned Freddy managed to steer around the prostrate jockey!  You can clearly see the number cloth under the horse’s belly in the photo below.  Freddy is now in 4th position in the men’s world rankings.


Alice Mills was also busy last week having just returned from riding in the Maryland Hunt Cup the previous weekend (where, with only 4 finishing, she pulled up her horse when he tired after the 16th).  She rode for GB in Budapest, Hungary this weekend courtesy of the Austrian Amateur Club and finished 4th, which puts her also in 4th position overall in the ladies world rankings.  Here is a recording of the ladies race: 

Need a new skullcap? Replacing a body protector? Buying a whip? Then read on!


Please will all jockeys note that as from the new date of 1ST APRIL 2015 a revised BHA specification for skull caps, safety vests and whips will come into force:

Rider Manual (D)


Schedule 2 – Equipment


Skull caps and safety vests

Design of skull cap

1. A skull cap is approved by the Authority if it meets (BS) EN 1384: 2012, CSN EN 14572: 2005, BS EN 14572: 2005, PAS 015: 2011 or CSN EN 1384: 2012.

2. The skull cap must not have a chin cup, cradle or draw lace.

3. The chin strap must pass under the jaw and be attached to the harness by a quick release buckle.

4. The skull cap must not have metal hooks.

Fitting of skull cap

5.1 The skull cap must be of the correct size for the Rider and must be correctly fitted and fastened.
5.2 The face harness must be correctly adjusted and the chin strap fastened at all times when the Rider is mounted on a horse.

Design of safety vests

6. A safety vest must conform to (BS) EN 13158: 2009 or CSN EN 13158: 2009.

7. A safety vest must not be

7.1 modified in any way, or
7.2 attached to the horse or any equipment carried by the horse.



8. As regards a whip carried in a flat race

8.1 the maximum length (including flap) is 70 centimetres, and
8.2 there must be no binding within 17 centimetres of the end of the flap.

9. As regards a whip carried in a steeple chase or hurdle race

9.1 the maximum length (including flap) is 68 centimetres, and
9.2 there must be no binding within 23 centimetres of the end of the flap.

10. The minimum diameter for a whip is 1 centimetre.
11. The overall weight must not exceed 160 grams.
12. The contact area of the shaft must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and covered by shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6 millimetres.

13.1 The only additional feature that may be attached to a whip is a flap.
13.2 If a flap is attached, it must comply with the following requirements

13.2.1 the maximum length of the flap from the end of the shaft is 10 centimetres;
13.2.2 the maximum width of the flap is 4 centimetres, with a minimum width of 2 centimetres;
13.2.3 the flap from the end of the shaft must not contain any reinforcements or additions;
13.2.4 the flap must have similar shock absorbing characteristics to that of the contact area.
  • Comes into effect: 01-10-2014