A field of 25 battled it out for the Star of South Africa Diamond Handicap in the penultimate race at Ascot on Saturday 24th July. Nadine Forde saw off her rivals in a thrilling finish in which she beat Joey Ellis on Treetops Hotel by only a short head, with Treetops Hotel putting in a late challenge and only just failing to get up on the line. Kelly Harrison finished 3rd on Sawwaah 3/4 lengths behind, with Spirit’s Awakening and Annie Elsey only 1/2 a length back in fourth.
This exciting ladies series which, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of Wayne and Sarah Clifford of Bathwick Tyres, culminates in the richest ladies amateur riders event in the European racing calendar on 15th August at Bath, has produced some interesting winners already.
First off the mark on 21st May was Michaela Sowerby who was delighted to win for her old yard when partnering VOICE MAIL for Andrew Balding. The second race in the series on 12th June produced a dream result for Gwen Morris, who enjoyed her first ever flat success on her debut flat ride, always prominent on HIGH DRAMA. 11th July saw two Shropshire sisters fight out the finish when Emma Folkes on David Evans’s THEATRE LADY beat Sarah Owen on MILK AND SULTANA by a length and a half. The final is valued at £25,000 and the lady jockey with most points from the series wins a holiday of a lifetime (in either Dubai or a destination of her own choice to the value of £1,500).
Please note: The race conditions for this valuable final race stipulate that riders must have ridden a minimum of 1 winner and had a minimum of 10 rides under the Rules of Racing.
David Evans provided a dream ride for valet Dan Fortt at Brighton recently when he steered home SPRINGALONG to win from Simon Dow in 2nd with Gerry Chesneaux a close 3rd. 7 riders weighed out for this charity race, raising funds for Spinal Injuries, and we are indebted to those owners, trainers and jockeys who so kindly made this day possible.
Two charity racedays remain – Salisbury on 14th September and Wincanton on 24th October.
This is a great chance to have a lovely day out, enjoy yourself and help charity. Buy a table for lunch, bring along your friends, have a party and a day out at the races! Tables are available for both days and if you would like to purchase one, contact Alycia Collins at Spinal Injuries on 01258 861119 or contact the AJA.
The Category A Assessment Day for new amateur riders due to be held at the British Racing School on Wedneday 11th August has been postponed until a date to be advised.
It has been agreed to combine the Conditional Licence and Amateur Category B Course 2nd to 6th August. The course is open to any rider wishing to take out a Category B permit subject to the existing pre-qualifying conditions. This course will be held at the British Racing School and applications from Category B Amateurs are to be made direct to the Course Administrator at the British Racing School. Tel 01638 665103 Fax 01638 560929 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find yourself in trouble with the Stewards following a race riding incident and would like some expert advice from The Jockey Club, help is at hand. Please contact Ms Catherine Livingston at the Discipinary Department of the Jockey Club. Catherine’s number is 020 7343 3252 but YOU MUST MAKE CONTACT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOUR RIDING OFFENCE.
In order to strengthen the links between the North and South, a sub-committee has been formed in the North. The Committee has already had its first meeting and ideas and suggestions taken forward to the main Committee. The members of this new committee are Serena Brotherton, Scott Dobson, Tom Greenall, Kelly Harrison, Richard Tate and Carol Williams. Northern members of the AJA are asked to liase with them over any concerns or problems.
Saturday 6th November sees the date for the Annual Northern Dance at Scotch Corner Hotel.Friday 10th December will be the annual Summer Ball but it has changed seasons! It will be at Cheltenham Racecourse with Championship presentations and will be a Christmas Charity Ball in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund and The Bob Champion Cancer Trust.More details on both dances will appear soon.
Amateur Riders are reminded that Permits to ride expired on 30th June 2004. They are also reminded that the Jockey Club Assessment of Concussion protocol requires them to have a baseline test carried out at a regional testing centre.
Details of the protocol and regional centres have been sent to all current riders and those who have not yet undergone a baseline test should arrange an appointment without further delay. Applications will not be considered unless the rider has undergone the baseline test.
Application forms for Permits are available from The Licensing Department, The Jockey Club Office, 42 Portman Square, London. W1H 6EN Tel: 020 7343 3237 Fax: 020 7935 8703 E-mail: email@example.com
If you have any queries, please call Sarah Oliver or Sandy Murphy.
The AJA are helping to organise another charity race in aid of Spinal Injuries, this time at Brighton on Tuesday 13th July.
The race will take place at 5.30 pm at the end of the card and all proceeds from the sponsored riders will go towards Spinal Injuries.