BOLLINGER ANNOUNCE CHAMPAGNE SUMMER FOR GENTLEMEN AMATEURS!
We are delighted to announce Bollinger’s 16th year of loyal patronage of The Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series for Gentleman Amateur Riders. The champagne house generously supply the winning rider and runner-up in the series with Bollinger champagne as well as the winning owner, trainer and rider of each individual Bollinger race.
This year the series consists of 12 races culminating in the finale at the prestigious Ascot Autumn Festival on Friday 25th September. The Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series has undoubtedly contributed towards improving standards of race riding for gentlemen amateur jockeys, honing their skills to allow them to give a more polished performance in the saddle.
The following dates have been agreed for this year’s series:
Friday 22nd May Newmarket (Rowley Mile)
Saturday 30th May York
Thursday 11th June Newbury
Wednesday 24th June Salisbury
Thursday 25th June Warwick
Monday 29th June Musselburgh
Friday 24th July Newmarket (July Course)
Monday 3rd August Royal Windsor
Wednesday 5th August Pontefract
Friday 21st August Chester
Tuesday 8th September Goodwood
Friday 25th September Ascot
Points are awarded on a “Grand Prix” style basis with 10 points for the winner, 6 for second, 4 for third and 2 for fourth. The winner of the championship is presented with a case of Bollinger champagne. Past winners of the series are:
1994 Paddy Pritchard Gordon 2002 Tom Best
1995 Richard Johnson 2003 Simon Walker
1996 Michael Mannish 2004 Simon Walker
1997 Tim McCarthy 2005 Simon Walker
1998 Charles Hills 2006 Barry McHugh
1999 Les Jefford 2007 Charlie Huxley
2000 Ryan Moore 2008 Joshua Moore
2001 Tom Scudamore
The AJA are most grateful to Bollinger, and especially Simon Leschallas, for their unstinting support and highly value their generous sponsorship.