Month: April 2012

Sam Waley-Cohen 3rd in Maryland Hunt Cup



Congratulations to Sam Waley-Cohen who enjoyed third place yesterday in the Maryland Hunt Cup on BON CADDO.  Having been introduced to connections by Richard Pitman, Sam was one of only 6 runners and riders to complete from a field of 12 with the race including 22 formidable vertical four or five rail fences run over 4 miles.

The third fence stands at 4′ 9″ and the 16th is 4′ 10″.  Unlike Aintree, the course has remained essentially unchanged since 1922 other than new posts and rails being replaced as necessary.  “The Grand National compares in terms of size” said Sam, “but there’s such a difference technique required and its a different type of race.”

Newmarket Horsemen & Heroes Charity Race 18th August



A charity race is to take place on The July Course at Newmarket on Horsemen and Heroes Day on Saturday 18th August in aid of

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If you are interested in taking part, please e-mail Sarah Oliver for an application form and race details.

Applications close on 15th May.

Mercedes prize for Fatima Series winning jockey



Rachel King represented Great Britain in Abu Dhabi at a Press Conference and Exhibition during Aintree week when it was announced that The Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup will now be run as a world championship with invited professional lady jockeys also participating.  Rachel won a race in this Arab racing series in 2011 in Oman.

Points will be awarded for participation and Lara Sawaya, Festival Director, also announced an additional £50,000 is now added to the championship, which will be distributed between the top 3 point winning amateur clubs at the end of the series (€25,000, €15,000 and €10,000) in appreciation of their support and encouragement of lady jockeys.

The winning lady jockeys of each of the 9 races of 2012 will automatically get an entry into the HH Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final race in Abu Dhabi on 4th November.  The winner of the final championship race will also win a Mercedes car!

The AJA are very grateful to Lara Sawaya for producing so many unique race riding opportunities around the world to so many lady jockeys.  So far this year Helen Cuthbert (Oman), Pip Tutty (Australia) and Adele Mulrennan (Texas)  have taken part.  Nicola Dumelow travels to Morocco for the 4th race of the series on 4th May.  Newbury hosts the next race on 19th May when Anna Wallace will represent Great Britain.

The series then moves to Berlin (10th June), Stockholm (10th July), Warsaw (26th August), and Craon (3rd September) before the finale in Abu Dhabi.

Improve your jockey skills!



Would YOU like to develop and improve your riding technique and jockey skills?

The British Racing School in Newmarket are holding an amateur rider development course from 14th – 18th May with just 4 places left as of today so don’t miss it!  You must hold a Category A licence or a point-to-point licence, be fully fit and not be carrying any injuries.  The course offers:

Riding out with video reviews; a school session with Olympic coach Yogi Breisner;  dietary and nutritional advice; sports science; simulator training using state of the art Dartfish Technology to improve pushing technique and use of the whip; fitness assessment and review; fall training using the Equichute; sports psychology.

This fully residential course is for 4.5 days and costs £500 which includes tuition, accommodation, meals and refreshments.  

For further information please contact CLARE HIGGINS on 01638 675907.  Clare’s full contact details are:


Clare Higgins

Courses Co-Ordinator

The British Racing School


Suffolk  CB8 7NU

Tel:  01638 675907

Fax:  01638 560929





Huge congratulations to Katie Walsh on making the Aintree record books by becoming the most successful lady jockey to ride in the history of the Grand National when she finished third today to Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy on her trainer father Ted’s SEABASS.

A thrilled Katie said after the race “I had an unbelievable spin.  It was a fantastic experience.  It was great to get round.  I can’t believe its all over and I can’t wait to do it again.  At the third last I was going okay.  I pulled down my googles turning in and Barry (Geraghty) said to me “You’re not going too bad” but I knew then I wasn’t going to win.  I was just delighted to be placed.”  SEABASS was going well in the closing stages of the race but was beaten as the first two fought out a thrilling finish.

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Many congratulations to top Irish amateur Richie Harding who had a thrilling win today at Aintree in the Fox Hunters for trainer Donald McCain and owner Trevor Hemmings with CLOUDY LANE in an incident packed race which saw 13 runners and riders complete from a line up of 26.  Richie’s ride outstayed long time leader ROULEZ COOL and Sam Waley-Cohen with HERONS WELL taking third place and KEENAN’S FUTURE finishing fourth.

Richie said “He’s been round here before and it was a brilliant spin.  He jumped and travelled well and he was just idling in front.  He jumped for fun and he loved it.  Everything went to plan and I’ve always wanted to win this race.”  This was a courageous run from the winner who finished with a twisted hind shoe and the winning trainer added “Aintree is special to us and to repay people like Mr Hemmings is nice.”