Month: June 2022

Riders sought for charity race in support of JULIA’S HOUSE – Wiltshire and Dorset Children’s Hospices


A charity race to support JULIA’S HOUSE – Wiltshire and Dorset Children’s Hospices – will take place at Salisbury Racecourse on Friday 9th September as the first race of their twilight meeting. The race is to be run over a mile with 10 runners and riders.

Applications are now invited with each rider asked to raise a minimum in sponsorship of £1,500 for this wonderful charity.

Julia’s House is an award winning Children’s Hospice in Dorset and Wiltshire dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across the two counties. It is not a typical children’s hospice. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.

For an application form and details of race conditions, please e-mail

For more information on the charity. please visit

The Student Derby


The second ever running of the Student Derby will be run on Wednesday 26th October as the feature race at The Curragh.

All riders must be current students at any university (or will be at the time of the race) and hold a current amateur, conditional or apprentice licence. Riders should be able to ride at a minimum 11st 6lb.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to ride over the Irish Derby distance at Ireland’s premier racecourse and anyone interested should please contact Paddy Barlow:


Mobile: 07873 177808

Tristan Durrell and Gina Andrews crowned NH champions


Many thanks to Ilona Barnett and all at Stratford Racecourse for enabling our traditional Amateur NH Championship presentations to be made at their Hunter Chase meeting on Friday 27th May which always marks the end of our jumps season.Huge congratulations to our 2021/22 Gentleman Amateur NH Champion Jockey Tristan Durrell and to our 2021/22 Lady Amateur NH Champion Jockey Gina Andrews. Very many congratulations also to our talented runners up Ben Bromley, Becky Smith and Lucy Turner.

With the men’s runner-up position still undecided due to David Maxwell having two booked rides, the evening began with the possibility of it being equalled or even overtaken but bad traffic interfered with David’s plans and his runners were withdrawn.

It has been a great season for Ben with his phenomenal start and maintaining his lead on 9 wins until eclipsed by the dazzling accumulation of Tristan’s 15 winners which kept on coming right up until the last few days of the season. Well done Tristan on a fine total. As is customary at this time of year, both Tristan and Ben will be turning conditional and we wish them all the very best of luck in their future professional careers.

The ladies final placings were a little more clear cut with Lucy Turner sidelined through injury, although Becky made a valiant effort to catch Gina. In the end Becky had to settle (for the second consecutive year) to sharing the runner-up position with Lucy, both on 7 winners. Well done to them both and to our record breaking champion Gina who has been unstoppable alongside her champion point-to-point season, ending the season with 9 winners including on the night itself, winning the Ladies Open Championship Final Hunter Chase with FUMET D’OUDAIRIES for husband Tom.

What a season it has been. Congratulations to all amateur jockeys who enjoyed winning rides.