Category: Jockey News
The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to announce Home-tek’s sponsorship of a new ladies hurdle series which kicks off at Leicester on Tuesday, 20th January for amateur and professional lady jump jockeys. The series consists of 5 races spread across 4 different courses with points being awarded to the first 6 placed jockeys in each race.
“Home-tek International are delighted to be able to sponsor the Lady Amateur Jump Jockeys for the 2009 season.” said Jamie Lennox, Managing Director of Home-tek. “We feel really proud to be associated with the Amateur Jockeys Association and the fine work that it does for the sport”
Sarah Oliver, CEO of the AJA, said “We are extremely happy to have found a custodian for our lady jump jockeys series that was established by Kevin James a few years ago. We are the only country in the world to offer such a series for lady jockeys and are indebted to Jamie Lennox for his support as we look forward to some great ladies races this spring.”
LEICESTER 20th January
CATTERICK 24th February
HUNTINGDON 11th March
WETHERBY 26th April
WETHERBY (FINAL) 21st May
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AJA MEMBERS!
Very many congratulations to both Danny Cook and Gemma Gracey-Davison who have both done fantastically this season in representing Great Britain in the FEGENTRI series.
Danny (pictured above (left) with Donal Macauley (IRELAND) (centre) and Paul-Henri de Quatrebarbes (FRANCE) (right)) ended the FEGENTRI season in the runner-up slot over jumps with Donal Macauley Fegentri World Champion for the gentlemen riders and Paul-Henri de Quatrebarbes taking the runner-up slot on the Flat. This was a fantastic achievement for Danny, especially considering that he missed the first Fegentri race of the season in Belgium as well as not taking part at either Sandown or Switzerland.
Gemma Gracey-Davison also did fantastically well (pictured on the right above in Mauritius yesterday), also finishing in the runner-up slot to Ireland with Nadine Forde taking the Ladies World Championship. Considering the demands made on both Danny and Gemma back home with their successful amateur careers in the UK, they have done magnificently and we are very grateful to them for being such excellent representatives for Great Britain.
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Since Folkestone Racecourse twinned with Pompadour Racecourse in SW France in 2006 both courses have taken pride in entertaining each other and celebrating the relationship at two meetings each year on either side of the Channel. This year Neil Mackenzie Ross, Folkestone’s Clerk of the course, added a new race to the card for English and French amateur jockeys, the Prix de Chateau de Pompadour Handicap Hurdle. Neil said, “We wanted to make a bit more of the Anglo/French theme and I thought that an amateur race for both English and French Jockeys would make a spectacle on the day. It was well supported at the entry stage, but I think the rain must have put off a few horses. However, the day was a great success and we intend to continue to build on this meeting”.
Photographed in the paddock before the race are: M Jean Cousteres (General Secretary, Le Club des Gentlemen-Riders et des Cavalières), Jean-Philippe Boisgontier, M Jean de Bretizel (Vice President, Le Club des Gentlemen-Riders et des Cavalières), Florent Guy, Cyril Coste, David Bellocq, Patrick Pailhes, Danny Cook, Brian Toomey.
French amateur jockey Cyril Coste rode his first winner outside France on DOCTORED, who was in front before the home bend and stayed on in the heavy ground to win by 21 lengths from fellow compatriate Patrick Pailhes on DRIZZI with Danny Cook for GB in third. Many congratulations to France on their victory and many thanks to Monsieur Francis Delord, President of Pompadour Racecourse, for his valuable sponsorship.
Nearly fifty supporters of Pompadour Racecourse made the journey to Folkestone where they have dual honorary membership. Emma Santer, General Manager at Folkestone Racecourse, said “Despite the cold weather and rain beforehand it all went really well. I think everyone enjoyed their stay and the French jockeys had a great time over the weekend! We have done a lot to raise awareness of Pompadour and have been receiving many enquiries about the return visit to Pompadour in July.”
If you would like to join the delegation who will be visiting Pompadour in July 2009, please contact Emma on 01303 266407.
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The second leg of the Hands and Heels Series proved to be a race to remember today at Wincanton. Congratulations to intrepid amateur jockey Anthony Knott on riding his first winner there after 28 years of trying!!
So thrilled was Anthony at the taste of success that he saluted the crowd yards before the finish on his way to passing the winning post. Riding Wise Men Say with extra long leathers, he made smooth headway to pass his rivals in the home straight and his emotions got the better of him after he found himself in the lead having jumped the final flight of hurdles.
Turning in the saddle to wave a fist at the crowd with delight, Anthony then rode a finish before crossing the line and receiving a rapturous reception in the winner’s enclosure where racegoers rushed to greet their new hero of the turf. Even though the Stewards had to give Anthony a 7 day ban for use of the whip in this Hands and Heels race, nothing could spoil this victorious day for the winning jockey. Many congratulations to Anthony on a day that he will never forget!
The opening race of Cheltenham’s Paddy Power weekend – The Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase – was packed with incident and caused much discussion amongst the media to bring an interesting start to the weekend.
Jason McKeown is a familiar name to many of us, having won last year’s Fegentri World Championship for Ireland only a few points ahead of our own David Turner. Always at the rear, he survived a bad blunder at the first ditch on Hoopy, losing both his whip and an iron in the process; in fact both legs were the same side of the saddle for a short while. Still in the rear at the third last, Jason managed to persuade Donal Devereux to lend him his whip (Donal having already decided to pull up King Harald at that stage). Once given a crack, Jason and Hoopy soon began to make good progress to stay on strongly and win going away.
Ian Chanin, rider of the second, was advised by connections to lodge an objection which was subsequently overruled and the places remained unalterred. As Alan Sweetman reported in The Racing Post: “There is no doubt that there are particular aspects of jockeyship that provide a special thrill for the spectator, such as a rider executing a gravity-defying recovery from a bad jumping mistake, or coping with a failure of equipment such as a slipped saddle or the loss of irons.
Sometimes, you see the genuinely unorthodox, and there was a case in point in Friday’s opener when Jason McKeown, who lost his whip when his mount Hoopy made a mistake early on, took a leaf out of the Lester Piggott manual by ‘borrowing’ another rider’s stick at a vital stage, helping to secure a victory against the odds.One could, of course, take a disapproving view of his action as irresponsible and possibly unfair, but the Cheltenham stewards adopted a more benign and sensible approach by giving him what was basically a token two-day suspension.It was an incident that added an extra bit of colour to an eventful day, and while one would not want this sort of thing to become commonplace, it was heartening to see there was no official overreaction.”
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Ryan and Simon Walker for their tremendous achievements in winning the Amateur Lady Flat Jockey and Amateur Gentleman Flat Jockey Championships for 2008.
Amy ended the season with 6 wins, 2 ahead of her nearest rivals – past dual winning Lady Amateur Flat Champion and this year’s Bathwick Champion Serena Brotherton, Alyson Deniel and Emily Jones – who all were on the 4 winner mark each and share the runner-up slot.
Simon’s season ended with a winners total of 4, one ahead of his nearest rival Joshua Moore (Bollinger Series winner 2008) with 3 wins, and Joshua has therefore secured himself the gentlemen’s runner-up slot for 2008. This is a great achievement for Simon Walker, being his 4th amateur Flat title in the last 5 years.
MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHAMPIONS
AND TO EVERY AMATEUR JOCKEY WHO HAS RIDDEN A WINNER THIS SUMMER – WELL DONE TO YOU!!
It was no coincidence that Ginny Hull, Marketing Executive of Sawfish Software, picked out James Given’s Dream of Olwyn in the paddock for the best turned out prize today at Nottingham for the Sawfish Software Ladies Series finale.
The filly was clearly feeling well and always travelling to give a dream ride to Serena Brotherton (shown above after passing the post), taking it up as they turned into the home straight and maintaining her gallop to scorch home clear of the remainder.
This win gave Serena valuable points in Steve Hull’s Sawfish Software Series, but not enough to deny Alyson Deniel retaining her lead to take home the series trophy.
Many congratulations to Alyson and to Serena, and a huge thank you to Steve Hull and Sawfish Software for such an exciting end to the season for the ladies with this series now having completed its second year.
Only one race now remains for this season, that being a mixed race at Musselburgh on 7th November.