The AJA are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of new sponsors Sawfish Software, a mini series is programmed which will give an exciting climax to this year’s lady jockey’s Flat Season.
Four additional ladies races are planned as follows:
Beverley – 11th September
Redcar – 19th October
Doncaster – 26th October
Nottingham – 31st October
This is excellent news for all lady amateur flat jockeys as their calendar previously ran out of steam in August. This news is particularly exciting not only with the return to Doncaster, where traditionally the ladies last race of the season has always been run, but also with this series now extending the season to finalise at Nottingham on Halloween.
This will certainly be a treat for the ladies, where the new champion for 2007 will be crowned!
Congratulations to Richard Burton, triple champion point-to-point jockey, for his fine victory on Nicky Henderson’s Scots Grey in this year’s Foxhunters at Aintree, scoring by half a length from Richard Harding on Pak Jack after the pair had gone head to head turning for home.
Burty said “I knew I would never have a better chance in this race – the big ones don’t come round very often – and although we took a while to get to know each other out there he was foot perfect in the second half. The runner-up made a mistake at the second last and I’ve winged it and it was nip and tuck all the way up the run-in.”
Commiserations must go to Jamie Snowden, Assistant to Henderson, whose broken ankle prevented him from riding Scots Grey.
Every year the AJA supports Spinal Injuries by organising charity races (run outside the Rules of Racing). Riders come from a variety of backgrounds and are of all shapes and sizes with a wide variety of experience, ability and age. Our oldest jockey to date is John Ciechanowski. Vice President of the AJA, who took part in Newbury’s 2005 race at the age of 83 and raised nearly £2,000 in the process.
Riders who are proficient in the saddle are asked to provide their own horses, which must have run at least twice either under Rules or in point-to-points. If riders cannot prove their standard of equestrianism by their experience, they must attend an assessment day at the British Racing School in Newmarket in order to qualify. Amateur riders and point-to-point jockeys who hold a licence are also invited to take part in charity races if they have not ridden a winner under Rules.
This is an excellent introduction to the racecourse for inexperienced amateur jockeys. Sour or inexperienced horses can also benefit, with races started by flag rather than stalls and runners restricted to a maximum field of 12. On more than one occasion a jaded horse has had his racing interest restored having enjoyed taking part in a charity race and has been sweetened up to go on and win next time on the racecourse!
For 2007 the following charity races are planned:
Continue reading WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE IN A CHARITY RACE?
ALL MEMBERS OF THE AJA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE AGM WHICH WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY 1ST MAY AT WEATHERBYS OF WELLINGBOROUGH IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AT 11.30 AM
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE OF DATE FROM THE ORIGINAL PLANS!
The AJA are delighted to announce that Bollinger Champagne have confirmed that the following racecourses will host this year’s Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series:
THE BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE SERIESIN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DAILY TELEGRAPH2007
Friday 25th May Newmarket (Rowley Mile)
Thursday 14th June Newbury
Friday 22nd June (evening) Musselburgh
Friday 28th June Warwick
Monday 2nd July (evening) Goodwood
Friday 27th July (evening) Newmarket (July Course)
Monday 6th August (evening) Windsor
Wednesday 8th August Pontefract
Friday 31st August Chester
Wednesday 5th September York
Monday 10th September Bath
Friday 28th September Ascot
The AJA are most grateful to Bollinger Champagne for their legendary loyal support and we all look forward to another great season ahead.