All amateur jockeys are reminded that Permits to ride expire on 30th June!
Application forms and details of the revised BHA Assessment of concussion protocol have already been sent out from Shaftesbury Avenue to all current amateur jockeys. Forms should be returned immediately to:
Licensing Department, BHA, 151 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8AL
Please note that at least 2 weeks should be allowed before your new licence is issued and returned to you!
If you have any queries, please call Laura Monger on 0207 189 3848 or e-mail Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have difficulties getting through, you can call the AJA and ask for assistance.
Many congratulations to Alyson Deniel in scoring at Ripon to make it three wins from her last three rides which started at Chester last week, then the Queen Mother’s Cup at York and finally Ripon’s Ladies Derby, which she won in fine style for her guv’nor John Quinn. She also got the Star Performance mention in today’s Racing Post which said: Alyson Deniel, who followed up last week’s successes at Chester and York, in the Queen Mother’s Cup, with a wide-margin success on Master Nimbus in the Ladies’ Derby to make it three wins from her last three rides.
With last year’s Queen Mother’s Cup abandoned due to waterlogging, never has today’s race been more keenly awaited by lady jockeys throughout the land! Described by Derek Thompson as “one of the most prestigious ladies’ races in the world”, 15 went to post at York today, with Step This Way the only 3 year old in the line up. Never out of the first two, Alyson Deniel sent her filly to the front after passing the 3-furlong marker and she ran on comfortably to win as she pleased for Mark Johnston. Alyson duly weighed in by tradition to collect her own weight in champagne, that being 42 bottles of bubbly. Very many congratulations to Aly on a tremendous week having also won on Tuesday evening at Chester for Mark Brisbourne.
Click here leon-nurse.JPG to see an action shot of Leon and Ray McGhin as they battle out a thrilling finish!
Many congratulations to Leon Nurse who came to Newbury on 12th June with about 80 supporters to cheer him on in his bid to ride his first winner in the charity race. The race was preceded by Bollinger’s third race in this year’s series, which saw a thrilling finish battled out, with Phil Collington on Julia Feilden’s Night Orbit just getting up to win by a neck from Andrew Balding’s Western Roots ridden by Joshua Moore.
11 runners went to post for the charity race held over a mile and five as the concluding race of the day which had begun with a charity lunch and auction to raise funds for Spinal Injuries. Leon Nurse has raised over £30,000 for charity during the past few years and last rode in this race in 2004.
As the field turned for home it looked as if victory might go to Ray McGhin but Leon Nurse was always prominent on David Arbuthnot’s Glacial Sunset, still travelling well within himself, and Leon was able to kick for home to snatch victory in the closing stages. He returned to the winner’s enclosure to rapturous applause from his many followers. Congratulations to everyone for riding so well and rounding off a tremendous day which raised many thousands of pounds for Spinal Injuries.