Congratulations to Curtis Davies aboard Mark Brisbourne’s GIUNCHIGLIO who had to brave driving rain and draw on all of his reserves to hold on to win the eight race of the Bollinger Series at Chester from Lee Newnes on James Hetherton’s CYBER SANTA. Simon Walker, current leader of this series and last year’s eventual champion, was a close third on LENNEL with Eamon Dehdashti just beaten into 4th on MILK AND SULTANA.
Conditions at Chester looked more like a mudbath than a racecourse – truly extraordinary ground for this time of year. With only three races left in this series, it is fascinating to see that each race so far has resulted in a different winning rider! Simon Walker maintains his lead on 34 points, ahead of Michael Murphy on 16 with Declan Queally on 14 points in 3rd place and 4th place tied between James Best, Daniel Hutchison, Les Jefford, Justin Morgan and Miles Seston all on 10 points.
Friday 27th August sees the ninth race in the series at Goodwood. Watch this space!
With Serena Brotherton making the running on frontrunner A ONE, a strong pace was set which well suited the eventual winner, Ron Hodges’ TENDER FALCON, held up for much of the race by Chrissie Hannaford and quickly lengthening clear as soon as they hit the front. Lucy Harwood was 5 lengths back in second on BUCKS, previous winner of one of the races in this series, with Michaela Sowerby 3 lengths behind on VOICE MAIL (another winner in the series) and Emma Folkes a length back in 4th on GALLANT BOY which secured her the holiday of a lifetime to the value of £1500 to either Dubai or a destination of her choice, courtesy of our very generous sponsors Wayne and Sarah Clifford of Bathwick Tyres.
The Amateur Jockeys Association Ladies Invitation FEGENTRI Stakes was run on Friday 13th August in honour of Elain Mellor, our retiring Company Secretary, and Sandy Murphy, our retiring Chief Executive, to mark their tireless endeavours for the betterment of amateur riders over very many years.
Both Sandy and Elain have made an enormous contribution to amateur racing since the inauguration of the Lady Jockeys Association in 1972 which went on to amalgamate with The Amateur Riders Association in 1995 to form the AJA as it is today.
France’s Blanche de Granvilliers enjoyed her ride on the eventual winner BOJANGLES for Roy Brotherton, tracking the leaders throughout and staying on well to draw clear from Holland’s Paula Flierman on Stan Moore’s FLAMING SPIRIT by 2 1/2 lengths with Great Britain’s Annie Elsey half a length away in third on PRAIRIE LAW for Ian Williams.
Prior to the race, our President Mr Gay Kindersley presented both Sandy Murphy and Elain Mellor with gifts from the AJA as a token of our very great appreciation of all that they have both done for not only the AJA but also the world of amateur racing.
A training seminar for new amateur riders wishing to ride under The Rules of Racing will be held at The British Racing School in Newmarket on Tuesday 7th September and costs £93.00 including lunch and refreshments.
A Category A Assessment Day for Amateur Riders wishing to ride under The Rules of Racing will be held at The British Racing School in Newmarket on Wednesday 13th October and costs £100 including lunch and refreshments.
Application forms to reserve places on these days are obtainable from the Course Administrator, The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 7NU Tel: 01638 665103 Fax: 01638 560929 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conditional Licence and Amateur Category B Courses are combined. The course is open to any rider wishing to take out a Category B permit subject to the existing pre-qualifying conditions and for potential Conditional Jockeys. This course will be held at The British Racing School in Newmarket from 4th to 8th October and applications from Category B Amateurs are to be made direct to the Course Administrator, The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket. CB8 7NU Tel: 01638 665103 Fax: 01638 560929 E-mail: email@example.com