Month: December 2010

Congrats to AP on SPOTY!


Many congratulations to AP McCoy on winning Sports Personality of the Year by a distance!

A fantastic result for everyone in racing and not least for the most worthy of recipients.

AJA President Gay Kindersley retires and Dr Philip Pritchard is appointed new President


The Amateur Jockeys Association held their AGM on 14th December when Gay Kindersley announced his retirement after over 50 years firstly as President of The Amateur Riders Association of Great Britain and then, upon its merger with the Lady Jockeys Association in 1995, President of The Amateur Jockeys Association of Great Britain.

Gay Kindersley is now appointed Honorary President of the AJA and will retain his strong links with the Association.

Dr Philip Pritchard was welcomed as the AJA’s new President with Bill Shand Kydd remaining as Vice President.

Russell Lindsay scores on racecourse debut


Well done to Russell Lindsay who won this afternoon’s first race at Catterick, the amateur hurdle, when making his racecourse debut appearance.

Riding SAMBELUCKY he held the horse up in the rear before making steady headway, tracking the leaders from 3 out to stay on well and be first past the post by a neck from What’s Occurrin.

Russell is aged 18 and joined trainer Keith Reveley in the summer. The trainer said “We had at least two feet of snow but we were able to canter on it, although only slowly.  Russell is from Hawick and he’s done plenty of riding and hunting.  He’ll be doing some point-to-pointing and he’ll go to France with my son James in the summer.  He’s a good rider.”  Sambelucky’s victory was the first of a 4,555-1 treble for Keith Reveley!

Good luck to Russell in keeping his 100% record intact!

Ryan Mahon takes opener at Cheltenham


WOOLCOMBE FOLLY got Paul Nicholls’ day off to the best possible start at Cheltenham this afternoon with a fine performance under Ryan Mahon. The race was always likely to be staged at a blistering gallop with a number of proven front runners and Ryan held his mount up in mid-division, before asking him to get closer after the tenth and challenge the leader Tanks For That at the last, going away to win by 6 lengths.

Ryan said: “That was absolutely awesome. He has got so much speed, but you just need to mind that speed so he’s got something to finish with.”

Cheltenham Festival Charity Race 17th March 2011




St Patrick’s Day Derby in aid of Cancer Research UK to be run at The Festival


Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that multiple Derby-winning trainer Henry Cecil will be the Guest of Honour for the first ever St Patrick’s Day Derby at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 17, 2011. The one mile, five furlong charity flat race, run as the seventh race that day, will raise money for Cancer Research UK, this season’s chosen Festival charity.


Commenting upon his involvement, Cecil said: “I was delighted and honoured to be invited by Cheltenham to get involved in the St Patrick’s Day Derby. I’ve always admired the wonderful sport at The Festival from afar, but this will be my first ever visit to the meeting and I am looking forward to sampling the atmosphere at first hand.


“Cancer is an illness that touches most families at some point and my family is no different, so it will be marvellous to be able to play a small part in helping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK, a charity which does so much to help the fight against this disease.”


This will be the last time for several years that St Patrick’s Day is on a Festival raceday and the occasion will be marked by a series of events and displays with a uniquely Irish feel. The Cheltenham team is hoping that the special charity race and the presence of Henry Cecil will add further interest to what is already a spectacular day of high-class Jump racing.


The Racecourse’s Managing Director, Edward Gillespie, said: “Henry Cecil’s achievements are the stuff of legend, but what is equally remarkable is his universal popularity amongst the racing fraternity, from racegoers, betting shop punters and casual racing fans to fellow trainers and the sport’s professionals across the globe.


“It is a privilege for us to be welcoming him to The Festival for a Derby of a slightly different nature, especially one that is being run in aid of such a good cause. We hope that Henry’s involvement might even attract entries from Derby-winning trainers!”  


Jools Tait, Director of Partnerships of Cancer Research UK, added: “We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting addition to The Festival 2011.


“Last year’s charity race on Ladies Day helped us to raise over £150,000 at Cheltenham and, with the generous support of Henry Cecil, we are hoping to exceed that figure this year.”


Applications are now being invited for the charity race, with a maximum field of 12 runners, open to any amateur riders, licensed or not. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of £5,000 in sponsorship and participants have to provide their own mount, which must have run at least twice under the recognised Rules of Racing. Applications close on December 31, 2010.


For further information about the charity race, or to receive an application form, please contact Sarah Oliver on 01886 884488 or via


For more information about Cancer Research UK, please contact Davina Yanful on 020 3469 5255 or via


For further information about St. Patrick’s Day activities or any aspect of racing at Cheltenham, please contact Cheltenham’s Communications Manager, Andy Clifton on 07876 330090 or via

Ruth Jefferson is runner up in Ladies Fegentri Championship


The finale of the ladies Fegentri season was held today in Mauritius with four lady jockeys going into the race with only 14 points between them: Ruth Jefferson (GB) 151; Pauline Boisgontier (France) 144; Tina Henricksson (Sweden) 143 and Nina Wagner (Germany) 137.  Sadly for Ruth she was unplaced today with Tina Henricksson 2nd, handing Tina the Fegentri Ladies World Championship 2010.


Many congratulations to Tina and Sweden on their new status and many congratulations to Ruth who has been a wonderful ambassador for Great Britain and worked hard to keep the runner up slot for us for the third year running, which is a great achievement.


Ruth Jefferson receiving her award from AJA Patron HRH The Princess Royal in Mauritius on Saturday



Members of the AJA are invited to attend the AGM to be held on Tuesday 14th December at The Queens, East Garston at 11.30 am.  Please advise Sarah Oliver if you are able to attend in order that catering can be arranged for you.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2010 Annual General meeting of the AJA will be held on Tuesday 14th December at 11.30 am at The Queens Arms Hotel, East Garston, Nr Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7ET when the following ordinary business will be considered:

  1. to receive apologies for absence
  2. to consider and if thought fit to approve and confirm the Minutes of the previous AGM and to authorise the President to sign them
  3. to receive and consider the report of the directors
  4. to receive and consider the report of the Chief Executive
  5. to receive and consider and if thought fit to pass a resolution adopting the accounts for twelve months ending 31 December 2009.  The accounts are now completed and copies will be available at the AGM.  Alternatively, on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope, copies will be sent to members on written request
  6. to consider and if thought fit to pass a resolution electing directors: (a)Gay Kindersley has as from the date of the AGM resigned his office as director.(b)Gay Kindersley has as from the date of the AGM resigned his office as President and becomes Honorary President.(c)The following director is appointed as President:  Philip Pritchard(d)The following director retires at the AGM in accordance with Regulations 26.1 and 26.2 and offers himself for re-election:   Richard Dunwoody (nominated by Philip Pritchard and seconded by Bob Davies)Should any other person wish to stand for election as a director he or she is referred to the provisions of regulation 27
  7. to re-appoint Dr L A Cotterill as auditors and to authorise the directors to fix their remuneration