Many thanks to all who supported Greatwood and the charity race at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 4 March. 10 riders raised an incredible amount in excess of £40,000 in support of this great charity. Many congratulations to Sheikh Fahad Althani on a gallant 4th, David Dennis placed 3rd, Steph Cameron 2nd and Georgie Norton on winning by the proverbial country mile! Well done all!
If you would like to ride in this charity race in 2018, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Are you an experienced successful amateur jockey who might be interested in adding an extraordinary racing experience to your cv?
Saturday 29 April sees the 121st running of the Maryland Hunt Cup, the historic 🇺🇸 American Steeplechase over timber. Not for the faint hearted, the race is held over 4 miles with 22 timber fences.
This year a unique opportunity has arisen for at least 2 amateur jockeys (ladies or gentlemen) (hopefully more) to take part from the UK and Ireland.
Ideally all jockeys will arrive in the USA for the Grand National Steeplechase over timber (which is regarded as the prep race) on the second last Sunday of April, before taking part in the Maryland Hunt Cup the following Saturday. Therefore you need to have a minimum of two (and a maximum of three) weeks if your work schedule permits for your USA stay during which time you will be very well looked after. The minimum stay would be 8-9 days.
Experience over some bigger fences is essential as these jumps are huge and vertical with no take-offs! The horses are very experienced for the most part and very well schooled.
If you are interested, please in the first instance e-mail email@example.com giving details of your riding experience and successes to date. Applications close on Friday 10th March – the end of this week!
The Amateur Jockeys All-Weather season 2016/17 ended at Lingfield on Wednesday 22nd February with the indefatigable Simon Walker claiming his 9th Amateur All-Weather Championship having scored an incredible 6 times this season. A feeling of deja vu would be understandable with the season’s long time leading jockey Serena Brotherton taking the runner-up slot for the second consecutive year with 3 wins, these championship placings also repeating the results of seasons 2011/12 and 2012/13, with both Simon and Serena sharing the title in 2013/14.
It was good to see some rising stars also playing their part with 3rd position going to Jonjo O’Neill Jnr with 2 wins and 4th position to Poppy Bridgwater with a win and some placed rides.
It was also welcome news to see races run without “caps” within race conditions in the latter half of the season as of course this automatically excludes these races from the championship. We ended up with 21 races in total counting towards the championship across 12 months and look forward to our new All-Weather beginning next Thursday 16 March with our new fixture at Chelmsford City.
Many congratulations to our new Champion and runner-up, to all jockeys who enjoyed a win during the season and wishing good luck to everyone for the new season ahead. Thanks must also go to all trainers, owners and racecourses for their unstinting support. It was excellent to add both Newcastle and Chelmsford City to our list of host racecourses which also feature Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
The 2016/17 All Weather Amateur Jockeys Championship has its final race of the season on Wednesday 22nd February at Lingfield Park when the new Amateur All-Weather Champion will be crowned🏆.
Current pole positions are as follows:
Serena Brotherton 11 points
Poppy Bridgwater & Simon Walker 9 points
Jonjo O’Neill Jnr 6 points
Ross Birkett, Emily Easterby, Claire Hardwick, Ben James, Max Kendrick & David Turner 5 points
However, there is a long way to go with 9 races still to come in January and February including a new additional fixture which has been added to the calendar on 16th February at Chelmsford City by kind agreement between the racecourse and the BHA.
Other races feature at Kempton Park, Newcastle (another new fixture), Southwell, Lingfield Park and Wolverhampton. (The race at Lingfield on 9th February is currently for ladies only and has had the cap (previously published) now removed.)
Previous champions are:
2015/16 Simon Walker
2014/15 Simon Walker
2013/14 Simon Walker & Serena Brotherton
2012/13 Simon Walker
2011/12 Simon Walker
2010/11 Chris Martin
2009/10 Serena Brotherton
2008/09 Simon Walker
2007/08 Simon Walker
2006/07 Simon Pearce
2005/06 Simon Walker
2004/05 Scott Dobson
2003/04 Eamon Dehdashti
Good luck all!
CALLING ANY AMATEURS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING A CATEGORY B COURSE!
We are in danger of losing the January Cat B / Conditional course scheduled for next week (16th to 20th January) at The Northern Racing College due to lack of uptake!
Applicants will of course need to have attained the necessary criteria and accrued the correct number of completed rides (15 under Rules, majority over obstacles or 20 in both Point to Point Steeple chases and races under Rules over obstacles).
BHA Licensing are happy to help if you are unsure of your exact race record and/or need advice.
Please spread the word if you know of friends who are planning on taking out a Cat B licence! Many thanks! Please feel free to share.
Calling all wannabe jockeys!
Newbury Racecourse are hosting a charity race on Saturday 4th March in support of Greatwood and just one place remains!
If you are interested in riding in this race and also raising funds for Greatwood, please drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for race conditions and an application form.
More information on this great charity can be found here:
Calling all amateur jockeys who may worry about their weight …
If any amateur jockey, stable staff and/or work riders would like to benefit from a FREE comprehensive health test together with dietary advice, please contact Dr George Wilson BA (Hons), Cert Ed, MSc, PhD by e-mail at G.Wilson1@ljmu.ac.uk
Not only making it back-to-back victories for Godfrey Maundrell with his gutsy mare TAMBURA, having won the same feature race of the day, The Ellan Vannin Mares Handicap Hurdle, at Plumpton last year, but also making it 3 wins from 3 successive rides, congratulations must go to Zac Baker on a great win today!
A brave front-running ride on ground far quicker than the mare would like proved to be a winning one, with favourite VERY EXTRAVAGANT falling with a circuit remaining. A battle on the flat (with the last hurdle by-passed) ensued to the line between TAMBURA and THEATRE GOER, but the mare was resolute and would not be denied, hanging on to win by a neck!
Well done Zac!
Well done to 22 year old Zac Baker who had a day to remember when riding at Bangor on Saturday with COLIN’S BROTHER comfortably winning the opening Handicap Chase for Nigel Twiston Davies and stablemate I AM COLIN making it Zac’s first double under Rules an hour later in the Ginger McCain Memorial Handicap Chase. Patiently ridden throughout, Zac bided his time and timed his run to perfection, producing I AM COLIN to stay on well after the last and win by a couple of lengths.
Trainer’s Assistant Carl Llewellyn was full of praise for Zac, saying after I AM COLIN’s victory “It was a lovely ride, he was very patient. He’s been with us for a few months now and is a lovely rider.” Zac is of course brother to Classic winning Flat jockey George, and when asked by the waiting press explained “I am his full brother. Can you not tell by my size or my nose?!”
Many congratulations to Zac and winning connections on a great double!
Many congratulations to Gina Andrews and trainer Pam Sly on a great win today at Wetherby with ACTINPIECES.
Greg Wood from The Guardian wrote the following piece following the race:
A racehorse whose trainer claims she refuses to be ridden by a man, won a novice chase at Wetherby on Wednesday. Actinpieces, ridden by her regular jockey, 24-year-old Gina Andrews, was successful in the Racing UK Novice Chase at the Yorkshire track at odds of 3-1.
The Peterborough-based trainer Pam Sly, who famously won the 1,000 Guineas in 2006 with Speciosa, told CNN: “[Actinpieces] is not too keen on men. I’ve never had a horse who’s been like this before. The mare, who won three novice hurdles last season before switching to fences, is Andrews’ mount, or her sister Bridget’s when she is unavailable. When their brother Jack, 18, tried to get on board, Sly reports that Actinpieces was having none of it. “She tried to buck him off as soon as he got on,” Sly said.
“When he went to get on her she tried to bite him,” said Andrews. “It’s quite funny because she doesn’t normally do it when I get on. She’s only had women riders. If a man went up to her in the yard she’ll put her ears back. It’s a bit weird.”
“The boys didn’t want to ride Actinpieces [from the start of her career],” Sly explained. “They said she was lethal. She wasn’t very easy to break in. Gina has been riding for me since she was 16 and I asked her if she wanted to ride her and she said: ‘Course I will.’”
“I ride her at home and do some schooling with her as well as racing,” Andrews added. “I’ve got to know her and it tends to work better. Different riders get on with some horses better than others but it depends on the way you ride and adapt to the horse.
“I enjoy riding her. I’m not a professional jockey so I don’t ride that much. Pam has been very loyal to me and not taken me off her which she could quite easily have when she realised [Actinpieces] was quite good.”