With the championship already in the bag, it was in Lorraine’s absence this Halloween at Nottingham that the runner-up slot was fought out. With Carol Bartley, Amy Ryan and Jacqui Kidd all on equal points in 2nd place before the race, the final of the Sawfish Software Series saw Faye Bramley ride the winner which immediately allowed her to overtake her rivals and shot her into the runner-up slot for the championship.
This concluding ladies flat race for the season was also Steve Hull’s Sawfish Software Series finale, with two lady riders on equal points in the lead – Faye Bramley and Serena Brotherton – and thanks to the generosity of the sponsor, both ladies went home with a magnificent Harriet Glen bronze apiece. Many thanks indeed to Steve Hull for his generosity. This mini-series, in its inaugural year, has been extremely popular with maximum fields and the highlight for Mr Hull must have been the second race in the series at Redcar when he and Serena Brotherton (who co-owns Gala Sunday) enjoyed victory.
Many thanks to all of our sponsors for so much fun for the ladies this summer and to all the owners and trainers who have supported them.
Its been an exciting few days for our lady riders with the finale of the Bathwick Series being hosted by Newbury Racecourse on Saturday which was dramatically won by a short head by Vicky Cartmel on Hughie Morrison’s Rehearsed. This also secured Vicky the series title by the shortest of short heads as had she finished second, the series win would have been shared with Alex Bevan. Vicky wins a holiday at a destination of her choice anywhere in the world thanks to Bathwick Tyres, and we are extremely grateful to them for their loyal support of this exciting and developing ladies series, which is extending to 8 races for 2008 with an extra race scheduled at Salisbury.
The final ladies race of the season takes place on Halloween at Nottingham, this also being the finale of the Sawfish Software mini-series kindly sponsored by Steve Hull. Jacquie Kidd currently leads the Software tables but she is without a ride in the finale and the mini series looks likely to go to either Serena Brotherton, Alyson Deniel or Faye Bramley.
Lorraine Ellison has already secured the ladies flat amateur championship title but there is a race on for the runner-up slot with three lady jockeys on equal points, but in the absence of Jacqui Kidd, the competition is between triple ladies champion Carol Bartley and Amy Ryan.
The finale of the men’s season takes place at Musselburgh on 8th November with a battle between Simon Walker and Scott Dobson for the men’s championship. Simon is currently 10 points clear but if Scott were to win in Scotland, it would give him the championship with extra wins already in the bag.
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David Turner was crowned FEGENTRI Flat Champion for this season at the final Gentlemen Amateur Riders raceday for the year in Baden-Baden, Germany, on Saturday. His two remaining rides for the season did not yield him enough points to overtake Jason McKeown of Ireland who was crowned FEGENTRI Jump Champion but David was a gallant runner-up for this title as well, and richly deserves his place in the GB team of delegates which will be representing the AJA when attending the General Assembly in Qatar at the end of February 2008.
Meanwhile during the same weekend, Marie King and Scott Dobson represented GB in the USA where Marie retained her place of fifth in the race for the Lady Amateur Riders FEGENTRI championship, and looks forward to their final two races of the season at the beginning of December which will be held in Mauritius.
With a fantastic Fegentri season for Great Britain’s representative David Turner having only 2 races left this weekend at Baden-Baden in Germany, he has already won the Fegentri Flat Championship for 2007. Just 14 points separate him from the overall Championship with Ireland’s Jason McKeown leading the Jump Championship, and with poor Jason nursing a broken leg, the pressure is on for David! He has one ride on the Flat and the other over fences in Germany. Simon Walker is also riding there on the Flat, fresh from his win on Tuesday in Newcastle.
Meanwhile in the USA, Great Britain is represented in the two remaining Fegentri World Cup of Nations races this weekend by Scott Dobson and our lady representative, Marie King. Marie is currently placed 5th in the Ladies Championship and has been invited to take part in the ladies final races which take place in Mauritius in December.
Good luck to all our riders!
There are a couple of spare places remaining for Sunday 28th October’s charity race at Wincanton in aid of SPINAL INJURIES on their Countryside Day. If you are an amateur rider and would like to gain racecourse experience without the hindrance of starting stalls or tapes (its a flag start) and also without hurdles or fences, then now is your chance! It is all for a great cause with all sponsorship money going to SIA. At this late stage, we would be grateful for you simply to try to raise as much sponsorship as possible in such a short time. This is a great opportunity not only for you to gain racecourse experience but also perhaps to sweeten up a sour horse, give a youngster some experience or simply give something a pipe opener! If you are interested, please contact Sarah Oliver by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01886 884488 or text 07789 935399. Many thanks.
The brainchild of Christine Gohier, mother of English based amateur Jeremy Mahot and an active committee member of the racecourse committee at Nuilly–sur-Vicoin near Laval, 4 English amateurs enjoyed an unforgettable weekend’s racing on 14th and 15th October.
Polly Gundry made history on Saturday 14th October by becoming the first lady rider ever to complete the course in its 61st year! On Sunday the remaining GB team members (Claire Allen, Dickie Barrett and Alex Merriam) completed the tricky 2 mile 3 furlong figure of 8 cross country course which includes a drop fence into a four foot river where many horses and riders come unstuck, before galloping up and around a mountainside and returning through the water.
In spite of both Dickie and Alex getting a soaking during their practice round, Alex went on to be placed 2nd and 4th with his 2 rides and Claire won for P Cottin on Narses in her first attempt. A return exchange match is to be planned for the spring. Congratulations to all of our riders for such a great display of horsemanship around this amazing course!