THE AMATEUR JOCKEYS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN

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Dramatic finale to All-Weather Championship!

17-02-2014

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A nail-biting finish to the Amateur All-Weather Championship at Wolverhampton today was guaranteed with what has now become almost an annual tradition in the form of a battle between Serena Brotherton and Simon Walker for the title.  Serena led the tables on 29 points with Simon not far behind on 26.  However, after declarations on Saturday, Simon was jocked up to ride both favourites of each division but Serena had only one ride in the first.  How drama then unfurled was beyond anyone’s imagination!

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Simon duly won the first division for Richard Phillips with Fair Breeze, Serena finishing a length and a half behind in 2nd with Miles of Sunshine.   The award of 5 points to Simon and 2 to Serena put them on level points going into the final race of the season, with Serena only able to sit it out in the weighing room and watch Simon ride the favourite.  However, Simon was ultimately to be denied any points with Jamie Hamilton winning the 2nd division for James Given with Goldmadchen and Simon finishing 6th.  The championship was therefore shared between the two for the first time in its history. 

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Many congratulations to our newly crowned All-Weather Champions Serena Brotherton and Simon Walker! 

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AMATEUR ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS TO A CLOSE AT WOLVERHAMPTON ON MONDAY

11-02-2014

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Many congratulations to old adversaries Serena Brotherton and Simon Walker who continue their ding-dong battle to the line right up to the last race of the All Weather season for amateur jockeys which ends at Wolverhampton next Monday.  Over the past few weeks both jockeys, who have regularly featured at the head of the tables in this championship as well as on turf, have fought for the lead position and their current ranking guarantees a thrilling climax to the amateur season:

Miss Serena Brotherton

5

1

2

29

Mr Simon Walker

5

1

26

Miss Hollie Doyle

1

2

1

10

Mr Graham Carson

1

1

1

8

Miss Jenny Powell

1

1

1

8

Mr Ross Birkett

1

1

7

Mr Phil Collington

3

6

Miss Katie Margarson

1

1

6

* Nick Slatter

1

1

6

Miss Harriet Bethell

1

5

Miss Becky Brisbourne

1

5

Miss Laura Dempster

1

5

Miss Michelle Edden

1

5

Mr Will Featherstone

1

5

Miss Rachel King

1

5

 

ALY DENIEL WINS FOR GB DOWN UNDER!

01-02-2014

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The 2nd race of 2014’s HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Arabian World Championships took place today.  Many congratulations to ALYSON DENIEL who enjoyed a winning ride on Conderosa Millennium Silver whilst representing Great Britain in Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia (known locally as “The Heath”).

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This was a fantastic achievement for GB!  Many congratulations also to UAE representative Anoud Al Suwaldi finishing 2nd in only her 2nd ride and to France’s Blanche de Granvilliers finishing 3rd.  It was announced by Lara Sawaya that 2 professional lady jockeys will have rides in each of the races for 2014 alongside amateur ladies.

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Many thanks must go to His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and Lara Sawaya for this incredible opportunity given to one of our lady jockeys to represent Great Britain abroad and many thanks also to Team NARA Australia and Caulfield Racecourse for hosting this race.  The next race in the series will be for professional lady jockeys only racing on snow in St Moritz on 23rd February, followed by Texas on 8th March when we hope to receive an invitation for another of our lady amateur jockeys to participate.


ALEX DUNN ENJOYS JOCKEY/TRAINER DOUBLE AT TAUNTON

28-01-2014

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Many congratulations to Alex Dunn who enjoyed her first double of her training career at her local racecourse Taunton today with Helium and Come On Annie.

Riding against professionals, Alex had to adopt very different racing tactics to enjoy both successes.  Her first win was the result of a battle to the line with runner-up Chesil Beach Boy and she had to work hard in a driving finish to force Helium’s head in front.  By contrast, waiting tactics and immense patience allowed Come On Annie to pass her rivals including long time leader Midnight Request.

Alex said “We’ve now had 9 winners in the last year and things are going really well as all 16 boxes at the yard are full.  Newmarket trainer Michael Bell is my cousin and I’m desperate to beat one of his in a Flat race one day, although we might struggle to have one good enough for that at the moment.”

HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK LADIES ARABIAN SERIES 2014

21-01-2014

Thanks to the continued dedication and support of Lara Sawaya, the curtain raiser of 2014’s HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Arabian World Series was held on 17th January at Al Flaij Racecourse Oman where Michelle Edden represented GB.  Unfortunately Michelle’s horse only managed to beat two others home but many congratulations to Evanna McCutcheon who won for Ireland.  Aly Deniel will represent GB for the next race in the series to be held in Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia on 1st February.

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NB: UPDATE TO RIDER’S CRITERIA!  All ladies must have had 5 wins and be able to weigh out at 9 stone with body protector!! Any overweight strictly not allowed.  Wins can be a combination from Arab racing, rides under Rules (jump and flat) and point-to-pointing.  If eligible and wishing to be considered for this series, please complete and return the application form to the AJA as soon as possible:  applicationformsheikhafatima2014.pdf

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ADDED PERK FOR AJA MEMBERS!

20-01-2014

The AJA are delighted to announce that thanks to kind agreement with  racing_uk_cropped.jpg all AJA members who hold amateur licences are entitled to a 50% discount on the cost of RUK even if they are existing subscribers.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer please e-mail sph.oliver@btinternet.com for a form to apply.

DREAM START TO NEW YEAR FOR AMATEURS

01-01-2014

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Well done to Lizzie Kelly and Will Biddick who won the first two races of the New Year at Cheltenham this afternoon!  The first race of the New Year, run in atrocious wind and rain, was won by 20 year old university student Lizzie riding her mother’s AUBUSSON and in the process beating her hero, champion jockey Tony McCoy.  Enjoying only her 5th win under Rules, Lizzie decided to take up the running from about half way which proved to be decisive in allowing her to steer Aubusson clear of his rivals and storm clear up the Cheltenham hill.

After the race Lizzie said “I was pretty nervous about riding against the likes of AP (who is a god) and Dickie, and this is probably the only time I’ll win at Cheltenham so I’m definitely going to make the most of it.  The ground is wet but the main problem is the wind as it proved hard to stay in a straight line.”

The second race of the afternoon gave Will Biddick success when he won with MENDIP EXPRESS who was making his debut handicap appearance for trainer Harry Fry.  Many congratulations to both jockeys!

FEGENTRI 2014

28-12-2013

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Thanks to recent agreement with the BHA regarding funding for international racing for amateurs, the AJA are delighted to announce that for 2014 Alice Mills and Freddie Tett will represent Great Britain within the Fegentri series.  Many thanks to all those amateur jockeys who  have posted in applications; as many different amateur jockeys as possible will be invited to enjoy trips to ride abroad in 2014.

Alice leaves for Oman on Monday to ride there on 2nd January which is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s Majesties Day, Oman’s most prestigious day’s racing of the year.  Good luck to both our representatives for 2014!

If you are a licensed amateur jockey interested in representing Great Britain abroad but have not yet posted in your application form, you can download it here:  applicationformfegentri2014.doc

BHA AGREE FUNDING WITH AJA FOR NEXT 3 YEARS

24-12-2013

THE BHA and Amateur Jockeys Association (AJA) have announced a three-year funding agreement to run from 2014 to give amateur riders better financial help.  Under the deal a guaranteed £24,000 per annum will be provided for amateur riders’ training, while financial assistance will be offered towards riding overseas.

Under a previous 2011 deal a proportion of prize-money earned by amateur jockeys riding against professionals, money which until then went to the BHA, was handed to the AJA. However, funding fluctuated depending on how successful amateur jockeys were in any given season.

The new agreement guarantees a sum for training – which from 2014 will be administered by the BHA’s industry training strategy – and for the International Racing Grant, which helps with the cost of amateur riders racing abroad.

Amateur jockeys also receive support through the central insurance policy, one third of which is funded by riders’ licence fees, and from free physiotherapy at about 1,000 meetings.

BHA Media Manager Robin Mounsey said: “This commitment is designed to provide the AJA with a more consistent funding model and enables the organisation to plan further into the future, removing the uncertainty of the previous annual budgets.”

AJA Chief Executive Sarah Oliver added: “Guaranteeing training for amateur riders is greatly appreciated and is vital to the development of many of our members for both Flat and National Hunt racing.”

To read the full press release click here:

 http://www.britishhorseracing.presscentre.com/Press-Releases/BHA-and-AJA-agree-three-year-funding-commitment-468.aspx

CHAMPIONS CHRISTMAS CHELTENHAM BALL 2013

15-12-2013

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L to R: AJA Director Bob Davies, Mikey Ennis, Lucy Gardner,  AJA CEO Sarah Oliver, Serena Brotherton, Ollie Sangster, Alex Ferguson, Robbie Williams, Emma Sayer, Catherine Walton, James Hughes, Freddie Mitchell, MC Martin Bosley, (kneeling) AJA President Dr Philip Pritchard, Nico de Boinville, Conor Shoemark, James Harding. 

The AJA celebrated their 2013 amateur champions with a ball at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 14th December. 

 ROLL OF HONOUR

 

2012/13

champion

runner-up

all-weather championship

 

 

CHAMPION AMATEUR

Simon Walker

Serena Brotherton

NATIONAL HUNT CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

GENTLEMAN CHAMPION AMATEUR

Nico de Boinville

Conor Shoemark

LADY CHAMPION AMATEUR

Lucy Gardner

Emma Sayer

FLAT TURF CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

 

 

GENTLEMAN CHAMPION AMATEUR 

Jamie Hamilton

Harry Bannister

 

James Harding

Ross Birkett

 

Oliver Sangster

Alex Ferguson

 

Simon Walker

James Hughes

LADY CHAMPION AMATEUR

Catherine Walton

Serena Brotherton

 

 

 

WEATHERBYS RIDES OF THE YEAR

 

 

NH GENTLEMEN:

 

Mikey Ennis

BIG OCCASION

UTTOXETER

16 MARCH 2013

NH LADIES:

 

Gina Andrews

CHICKLEMIX

WETHERBY

26 DECEMBER 2012

FLAT GENTLEMEN:

 

Oliver Sangster

LOTHAIR

CARLISLE

28 AUGUST 2013

FLAT LADIES:

 

Carol Bartley

NANTON

YORK

15 JUNE 2013

 

 

 

JRL GROUP GENTLEMAN 

FLAT SERIES CHAMPION 2013

James Harding

 

 

 

 

FEGENTRI WORLD CHAMPION OF GENTLEMAN RIDERS 2013

 

Freddie Mitchell

 


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