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The AJA are extremely proud of both this year’s GB representatives in FEGENTRI, ALICE MILLS and FREDDY TETT, who are doing wonderfully well within their respective championships, with Alice in pole position at present for the ladies.  However, the general consensus within the AJA is that FEGENTRI no longer fulfils our members’ needs in its current form.

After lengthy discussions over recent years, the decision has been made by the AJA Board of Directors in conjunction with the Committee that the AJA will not be renewing its membership of FEGENTRI at the end of this year.  The AJA will therefore become sleeping members of FEGENTRI in 2015 in order to monitor any changes that might hopefully be made in the future and review the situation in due course.

Referendum race hosted at Musselburgh with Carol Bartley representing the NOs



A 5 furlong two horse race sponsored by Ladbrokes carried out a gallop poll to mirror the Scottish Referendum today at Musselburgh racecourse.  With amateur Carol Bartley riding NEIGH THANKS (Midnight Dynamo) in the Better Together silks and Rachael Grant riding YES WE CAN (Black Douglas), both horses were supplied by Renfrewshire trainer Jim Goldie.

Yes We Can stormed to victory in style and it remains to be seen if events on Thursday will mirror the result.  History was made at the course as the race represented the first ever simulation of a political contest. 

Alice Mills takes lead in Fegentri Ladies World Championship



Its tough at the top and no mean task in getting there, particularly in the Fegentri World Championship with all of the idiosyncrasies that this unique competition brings, and many congratulations go to Alice Mills who has just reached the top of the ladies championship tables.


A winning ride in Baden-Baden, Germany, on Wednesday after a fruitless ride in Ostend on Monday, followed by watching the Fegentri chase from the stands on Tuesday  without a ride, rewarded Alice’s patience.  This took her to one point from the top of the tables with two rides to look forward to at the weekend in Istanbul.


Unfortunately subsequent changes in the jockey line-up saw Alice’s ride withdrawn on Saturday but she was only just beaten by the German lady representative on Sunday and her 12 points for 2nd place takes her into pole position.  How long for remains to be seen, with so much depending on host nations’ draws or their own systems for allocating rides.  Just 4 ladies races remain on the calendar (3 in Germany, with the German representative closing in on Alice’s lead) and we wish Alice much luck for the rest of the season. You can follow Alice together with Freddy Tett’s progress at

Ross Birkett enjoys victory in Investec Gentlemen’s Amateur Derby at Epsom



Many congratulations to Ross Birkett successful at Epsom today for Lady Herries aboard BARWICK in the Investec Gentlemen’s Derby.

With torrential rain setting in for the afternoon and a dramatic change in ground to officially heavy, there were 3 non-runners from the original line up of 10.  Will Pettis made much of the running on Glennten who got swallowed up when entering the straight, but his front running tactics played into the hands of the winning combination with Ross holding up Barwick for much of the race at the rear of the field.

Ross progressed through the field to lead 2 furlongs out and headed for the stands rail once he hit the front, maintaining his lead to win easily by 10 lengths.  Well done to winning connections.

Enjoy the replay here:

Ella Smith storms home to win Goodwood’s Gay Kindersley Memorial



By kind invitation of His Grace the Duke of Richmond, Goodwood hosted an amateur race today in memory of Gay Kindersley.  Originally the Richmond-Brissac Trophy and a Fegentri race in recent years, it was good to see 10 horses go to post for a race which remains special in our calendar and no longer has unusual race conditions.

An early fast pace was set with the ultimate winner, VICTOR’S BET, slowly into his stride and virtually tailed off after only 2 furlongs, yet ridden with supreme coolness by Ella Smith whilst held up at the rear of the field.  Ultimately his jockey delivered him perfectly in a thrilling dramatic finish with little more than hands and heels to sweep into the lead and win by 1 3/4 lengths from Ross Birkett on AUTOMOTIVE, with Michael Murphy and Brodie Hampson only a short head and a head back in 3rd and 4th respectively.


Trainer Jack Smith said “He’s not a bad buy for £500 from Ascot.  I knew him in Spain when he was owned by Victor Chandler, who brought him back after Mijas closed.  He had won in Madrid and bad horses don’t win there.  He has shown his Newbury win was no fluke and Ella has given him a brilliant ride today, after they went off too fast.”  Many congratulations to winning connections.

On fire Serena wins Newbury’s Lady Derby


Congratulations to leading lady jockey Serena Brotherton who took her tally for the season to equal her best ever 2011 total of 9 today when winning the Betfred Ladies Derby at Newbury.  This was Serena’s 4th win of this race since its inception 7 years ago, and her first ride for Richard Hannon.


A thrilling three-way battle to the line saw Serena ride a strong finish and lift LIL ROCKERFELLER to the winning post a neck in front of Megan Nicholls aboard her father’s AMANTO with Irish leading lady Jane Mangan half a length back in third for Sylvester Kirk on LAST MINUTE LISA.

Serena said “Its been a very lucky race for me.  There were very few entries this year so I called Richard Hannon’s yard and asked to be put on the list.  Luckily they called back!”

Marcus Haddock enjoys winner with first ever ride!


The 6th race in the Betfair Novice Riders Series at Nottingham saw 4 non-runners of the original 11 declared with monsoon conditions giving concern for a slippery surface after heavy rain falling on hard ground.  After listening to expert guidance from Jockey Coach Jimmy Bleasdale on the pre-race coursewalk, jockeys set off at a steady pace and did not quicken until turning into the straight where they formed a line abreast.


A battle to the line ultimately ensued between Jordan Williams on TASTE THE WINE and first time jockey Marcus Haddock on SOUNDBYTE who led near the finish to hold on by a head.  Many congratulations to Marcus, a graduate of the Northern Racing College, seen here receiving his prize from Betfair’s Simon Kirk.  The series now moves on to the penultimate race on Bank Holiday Monday at Ripon.


Alex Ferguson times it to perfection at Catterick


A cool head and a patient ride were demonstrated at Catterick tonight when Alex Ferguson‘s waiting tactics with trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s ARABIAN BEAUTY were used to good effect in the familiar Godolphin colours.  Having won here three times already (including both last year and this in the Betfair Series), Alex is becoming something of a course specialist.

Holding the filly up in the rear, Alex still had most of the field in front of him 2 furlongs from home but when he asked her to quicken she stayed on strongly to get up inside the final furlong and won by just over a length, going away.  This was Alex’s 4th win on the course from 5 rides, and his 6th win overall.  Congratulations Alex!

HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Arabian Ladies World Championship 2014


The final 2 races in the Arabian Ladies Series take place in August, in Ostend Belgium on 18th where Rachel Leyshon from Wales will represent Great Britain and on 24th August in Sluzeiwic Poland where Katie Margarson from Newmarket will ride.

This extraordinary worldwide series has already taken British lady riders so far this year to Al Flaij, Oman (Berkshire’s Michelle Edden), Melbourne, Australia (Yorkshire lass Aly Deniel WON), St Moritz Switzerland (only professionals and Scotland’s Lucy Alexander 2nd), Sam Houston Park Texas (Joanna Walton), Casa Anfa Morocco (Serena Brotherton), Newbury (Page Fuller 2nd), Stockholm Sweden (pro Racheal Kneller), Dundight Netherlands (Jessica Gillam) and Pleasanton California (Rachael MacDonald).

All of the year’s participants will be invited to the annual finale on 9th November in Abu Dhabi where winners from the year will also be invited to ride.

Many thanks to Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairman of Ladies Racing at the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) for these incredible opportunities for amateur lady jockeys to ride all over the world and experience diverse cultures and racecourses.