Month: January 2016

Amie Waugh enjoys victory against top pros at Wetherby with NEWYEARSRESOLUTION


Many congratulations to Amie Waugh on a great ride today at Wetherby when partnering 12 year old NEWYEARSRESOLUTION (who was 3 lbs out of the handicap) for her trainer father Simon, relentlessly galloping through the heavy ground to win with ease. Initially held up, NEWYEARSRESOLUTION took a keen hold and made steady headway to lead after the 5th, staying on relentlessly from 3 out and drawing clear to win by 5 lengths.

Well done Amie!



Dream start over fences for HUGO HUNT who wins Thames Materials Chase at Ascot


Many congratulations to 18 year old Hugo Hunt who enjoyed a dream start to his jump jockey career when winning the inaugural running of the Thames Materials Amateur Riders Handicap Chase at Ascot this afternoon with Johnny Og.  This was Hugo’s first ride ever over fences but despite his relative inexperience the teenage jockey made the ride a wise one kicking his mount into a clear advantage before they turned into the straight.  Now attached to Nicky Henderson’s for the past two months, Hugo previously rode for Andrew Balding and has enjoyed success under rules on the Flat.

Winning trainer Martin Keighley said “Nicky said he was a cracking little rider that just lacks experience.  He promised me he would do the job and he has.  He has ridden to orders as I said “If you can’t make it, sit handy and not to worry about pressing on early as he stays further.”  He gave him a cracking ride.”

Hugo added “He just jumped and travelled the whole way round and answered my every call.  He gets the trip very well and I was not afraid to be positive on him.  It is what you always want to be doing riding around tracks like this on horses that travel so well, as it makes the job easier.  Its early days still but I couldn’t have hoped for a better start.”  Well done Hugo and all winning connections!

Our sincere thanks must go to Martin Clarke of Thames Materials for his generous sponsorship of this race which has provided such a spectacular start to Hugo’s jumping career.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2015 Annual General meeting of the AJA will be held on Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 12:00 noon at The Pheasant Inn, Ermin Street, Shefford Woodlands, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7AA when the following ordinary business will be considered:

– to receive apologies for absence
– to consider and if thought fit to approve and confirm the Minutes of the previous AGM and to authorise the President to sign them
– to receive and consider the report of the directors
– to receive and consider the report of the Chief Executive
– to receive and consider and if thought fit to pass a resolution adopting the accounts for twelve months ending 31 December 2014. 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
– to consider and if thought fit to pass a resolution electing directors. (a) 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.
– to re-appoint Dr L A Cotterill as auditors and to authorise the directors to fix their remuneration

Dated: 10th January 2016
By order of the board