Month: June 2015

Charlie Deutsch rides for GB in Norway



Although GB left Fegentri at the end of 2014, Norway were short on gentlemen jockeys for their Fegentri race on 25th June at Ovrevoll and invited the AJA to send along a British representative.  Charlie Deutsch (colours: pink, blue stars) was pleased to accept and had a great trip, finishing 3rd.  Well done Charlie!  Many thanks to Helene Maxwell-Hauge, President of NOARK (Norwegian Club of Amateur Riders) for her club’s kind hospitality which was greatly appreciated.



Now that the BHA on-line licensing system is up and running, Amateur Jockey Permits for a full 12 months are issued throughout the year.

If your Amateur Rider Permit expires during June or July, please ensure that you submit an online renewal application as soon as possible.

If you need any assistance, please call BHA Licensing 0207 152 0140 or e-mail the Licensing Team on

An application for renewal can be started from the British Horseracing Authority website ( at the following link and should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the date for which the Permit is required.

Bryony Frost wins the ladies at Newton Abbot


Congratulations to Bryony Frost who emerged victorious from a packed field of 16 runners and riders this evening in the lady amateur handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot.  Riding her trainer father’s horse ARCHIE RICE prominently throughout and temporarily losing the pole position 2 out, she regained the lead before the last to stay on well and win by 4 1/2 lengths from Natalie Parker on the Philip Hobbs trained QUADRILLER.

Thankfully Pippa Glanville was unhurt when her saddle slipped after she was hampered on the bend before the 6th flight which gave her no chance of staying in the plate.

Writer Rachel Wilson enjoys red letter day with Red Invader


Congratulations to Rachel Wilson who enjoyed success at Leicester this evening riding in the colours of her husband, Charlie, former Editor of The Times and owner of  Red Invader.  The partnership was outpaced early on but came with a perfectly timed run from last to first and denied Katie Margarson winning by a length.

Red Invader, successful in his previous run over the same trip at Chelmsford 5 days ago, was given a very patient ride with Rachel content to let the other runners bowl along in front.  This allowed her horse to pick them off one by one to take the lead in the final furlong.

Rachel said “I’ve ridden him so many times but I got it right this time, I’m delighted.  I walked the course and I knew I didn’t want to be coming to them going up that hill. I was able to be patient, which usually I’m not.”

Trainer Paul d’Arcy said “5 furlongs is ideal for Red Invader and it has all gone to plan. Rachel gave him a great ride. We discussed it and I thought they would go very quick. He will go where there is another amateur race for him, which is at Ayr.”  A writer by profession who caught the eye of Gok Wan at Royal Ascot last week, what great material for Rachel to hone her creative skills whilst she looks forward to their next run in Scotland!

NH dual Champion Harry makes last amateur ride at Brighton a winning one


Many congratulations to reigning Amateur Jumps Champion Harry Bannister who made his last ride as an amateur a winning one for Anabel Murphy at Brighton in the first amateur race not confined to ladies since 2004.  Harry was hard at work on INDIAN SCOUT from 3 furlongs out and the horse stayed on dourly to lead with 150 yards to go, winning by 1 3/4 lengths.  Harry now turns conditional and joins Warren Greatrex at Uplands in Lambourn. We wish him every success for the future.

Catherine Walton wins handicap hurdle at Hexham


Well done Catherine Walton who enjoyed success for her trainer father Jimmy when partnering ROLL OF THUNDER in the last at Hexham tonight. Making all from start to finish, the partnership’s front running tactics paid off handsomely winning by just over a length.

Amie Waugh enjoys debut Flat ride and wins Northern Ladies Derby!


Many congratulations to Amie Waugh who enjoyed her first flat ride today when partnering the distinctive white faced TOURTIERE trained by Sean Regan.

The outsider at 80/1, the winning partnership stormed home by 5 lengths in the Beaumont Robinson Ladies Derby from favourite MERCHANT OF MEDICI and Becky Smith.

Well done Amie!

Laura Wilson swoops to win York’s Queen Mother’s Cup


Many congratulations to Laura Wilson who enjoyed her 5th career success today in fine style when winning the prestigious Queen Mother’s Cup at York aboard APTERIX for Brian Ellison.  Settled in the rear for much of the race, Laura brought her horse with a late run to deny MARMION and INNOCENT TOUCH in the dying strides of the race and win in a thrilling finish by half a length. “I was stuck behind a wall of horses and when I got out I just started kicking and he picked up” said Laura.  “I’ve ridden him a few times at Brian’s where I work, so I knew how good he was – I was more worried about me!”  As in traditional style of this race, Laura won her weight in Mumm champagne and was duly weighed following her presentation of the silver Queen Mother’s cup.  Laura told tv viewers that she would be sharing her 34 bottles of champagne with the yard when they returned home tonight – we wish Laura a great evening celebrating!


You can watch a re-run of the last stages of the race by copying and pasting this link:

Joe Wright enjoys first career success at Hexham


Well done Joe Wright who partnered Minella Hero to win the Marie Curie Handicap Hurdle by 20 lengths today for in-form trainer Micky Hammond, the first winner of a treble on the day for the yard.  This was Joe’s 1st ever winner in only his 3rd ever ride under Rules and his 2nd over hurdles and the ecstatic 17-year-old jockey said it felt “Absolutely unbelievable, really good!”  Joe is a veteran of the pony racing circuit and is based with Micky Hammond at Oakwood Stables in Middleham.  He added “I’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone at Micky Hammond Racing and especially to Kate Walton.”

Jockey Concussion Test Reminder + Concussion Bounty details


Baseline concussion tests for licences should be booked by jockeys. However, appointments for post-concussion testing MUST be made via BHA Medical Department: 0207 152 0138. Jockeys cannot book these appointments direct! This is partly due to the cost but also to ensure that jockeys have a neurology appointment in place. Any queries, please contact Helen Pavitt, Senior Medical Administrator in the Chief Medical Adviser’s Office at the BHA or Pippa on 0207 152 0138 e:

If you are unlucky enough to sustain concussion whilst race riding under Rules, the return of your damaged crash hat to the AJA at Crews Hill House will entitle you to an £80 concussion bounty which will be paid into the claimant’s Weatherbys account or by cheque if no account is held. Please contact the AJA for the appropriate form if you would like to take advantage of this useful scheme which will fund the purchase of your replacement crash hat. Please note: this scheme only applicable to diagnosis on the racecourse by the RMO and does not apply for concussion sustained off the racecourse.