The valiant efforts of Nick Lees in rescheduling the lost Leicester 9th January ladies hurdle race to 29th January were all in vain as the course remained waterlogged.
However, in order to keep the series to six races, James Sanderson has very kindly agreed to the fourth race in the series being held at Wetherby on Tuesday 3rd April.
The series now kicks off at CATTERICK on 27th February, followed by HUNTINGDON for the Lady Jockeys Champion Hurdle on 14th March, TOWCESTER on 29th March, WETHERBY on 3rd April, MARKET RASEN on 15th April and the last race in the series returning to WETHERBY on Sunday 29th April.
It was a double blow for amateur jockeys on 18th January when Ludlow’s racing was abandoned due to high winds, with two amateur races on the card.
Clerk of the Course Bob Davies is optimistic that he will be able to reschedule the running of at the Hands and Heels NH Flat Race for later on this season, and there is a slim possibility that he might also be able to reschedule the AJA Hurdle Race.
Tuesday 23rd January is the new date for the start of the Cadale Lady Riders Hurdle race, Tuesday 9th January having been lost to waterlogging. This is thanks to skilful rescheduling by Nick Lees and the agreement of the BHB, for which we are most grateful.
The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to announce the 2007 Bathwick Tyres Ladies Derby Series. This year’s series is made up as follows:
SALISBURY Sunday 6th May
SALISBURY Thursday 24th May
NEWBURY Saturday 9th June
SALISBURY Saturday 14th July
NEWBURY Saturday 18th August
SALISBURY Saturday 31st August
NEWBURY Saturday 27th October
The Bathwick Tyres Ladies Derby, the richest amateur lady jockeys’ race in the racing calendar, takes place on Newbury’s Ladies Day on Saturday 18th August. The lady riders return there for the final ladies flat race of the season on 27th October, when the series winner will be awarded what has now become the traditional prize holiday generously donated by Wayne and Sarah Clifford of Bathwick Tyres.
Now in its 6th year, this series gives a wonderful opportunity for amateur lady jockeys to focus on a challenge which gives the winner an enviable reward. Jockey points are awarded after each race to the first 6 lady jockeys on a 7-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Last year’s winner, Faye Bramley, enjoyed a luxury weekend in Paris for the Arc de Triomphe and invited the series runner-up Michaela Sowerby to join her. The series always produces some interesting results, which last year included Annie Cooke (née Elsey) winning the Derby and promptly announce her retirement from the saddle.
Sarah Clifford said “We anticipate a great series this year, and are particularly looking forward to the Ladies Derby having its inaugural running at Newbury. To see the runners spread across the track as they turn into the straight is a really exciting prospect, and to hold this on Ladies Day at Newbury could not be more appropriate.”
Lisa Ward of Newbury Racecourse said “We are thrilled to offer the ladies the opportunity to ride at a Grade One track and grateful to Bathwick Tyres for their support. We wish all of the lady riders every success.”
Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said “Salisbury are delighted to be staging four of the Bathwick Tyres Lady Rider races. Three of the races take place at popular evening race meetings, including Ladies Evening in July, and the other race at our opening Bank Holiday weekend fixture in early May, which is always our biggest attendance of the year. We thank the Clifford’s and Bathwick Tyres for their continued and increased involvement here, and again look forward to being part of this excellent Series.”
Sarah Oliver, Chief Executive of the AJA, said “It is excellent to be able to incorporate such a variety of races now that we have taken the series to two such inviting tracks. This really opens the series up to allow more opportunities for runners and riders. We are immensely grateful to Wayne and Sarah Clifford for their unstinting support and look forward to some great fun this summer.”
Past winners of the Ladies Derby are:
2002 Chrissie Hannaford
2003 Sara Cumani
2004 Chrissie Hannaford
2005 Francesca Cumani
2006 Annie Cooke
Congratulations to Rose Davidson and to Jamie Snowden for making Saturday’s Sandown meeting a great day for amateurs with their wins in the only two chases of the day.
Rose rode a well judged race letting the two front runners cut their own throats whilst Rose on her parents’ Bohemian Spirit, a natural front runner, was able to pick them off half way down the back straight and saunter home at her ease.
Jamie Snowden had a similar ride in that he was riding a horse of exceptional jumping capabilities on Kerstino Two, who from flag fall jumped and galloped his rivals into submission.
The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to announce Cadale’s sponsorship of a new ladies hurdle series which kicks off next week at Leicester on Tuesday, 9th January for both amateur and professional lady National Hunt jockeys.
The series consists of 6 races spread across 6 different courses and programmed over 4 months of this spring with points being awarded for the first 6 placed jockeys in each and every race. The lady jockey with maximum points at the end of the series will be awarded the Cadale Trophy.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce this new series” said Kevin James, Managing Director of Cadale (International) Limited. “I feel honoured to be involved with this competition and I am hopeful that not only will this series give the girls a great opportunity to display their abilities but also we may find a big talent for the future.”
Sarah Oliver, CEO of the AJA, said “Lady jump jockeys are not presented with many races confined to their own sex during the year and we are extremely grateful to Kevin James for his generous support. I know that the girls are really looking forward to this series.”
The series begins on 9th January at Leicester followed by Catterick, Huntingdon, Towcester, Market Rasen, and culminates with the series final at Wetherby on 29th April.
LEICESTER 9th January
CATTERICK 27th February
HUNTINGDON 14th March
TOWCESTER 29th March
MARKET RASEN 15th April
WETHERBY 29th April FINAL