Next Wednesday 13th February sees the inaugural running of the Ireland v Britain (Q.R.) Challenge Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse by kind agreement with Peter Roe. Many thanks to Peter and also to Susan Leahy for this special race to look forward to.
Team Ireland (2 gentlemen and 2 lady amateur riders) will compete v Team GB with each team drawn from the 8 top weighted declared runners with the race run over just under 3 miles (2m 7f).
Good luck to our GB representatives – last season’s joint champion gentlemen runners-up Zac Baker and Alex Edwards together with leading lady riders Brodie Hampson and Tabitha Worsley 🍀🇮🇪🇬🇧🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🇬🇧🇮🇪🍀
We are delighted to announce that the AJA are returning to Fegentri which will give opportunities to many of our members to enjoy racing abroad on the Flat. This follows the good news that Fegentri rules have been updated to allow up to 5 gentlemen and 5 lady riders to represent their country and take part in the LONGINES FEGENTRI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR LADY RIDERS AND FOR GENTLEMEN RIDERS rather than restrict this to one individual as in the past.
This weekend sees the annual Fegentri General Assembly in St Moritz and details will follow of this year’s calendar in due course.
Meanwhile applications are invited from amateur jockeys to take part in this exciting opportunity to become part of Team GB for 2019.
Jockeys must have ridden a minimum of 5 winners (which can include point-to-points) with ladies able to ride at 58 kg (9 stone) and gentlemen at 62 kg (under 10 stone ie 9 stone 11 lbs).
Please e-mail email@example.com if you would like an application form.
Many congratulations to Sam Waley-Cohen who enjoyed a great victory at Warwick this afternoon when partnering Neil Hulholland’s Impulsive Star to win the McCoy Contractors Classic Chase. To add to his satisfaction, Sam managed to drop to his lightest for several years which his father Robert suggested made all the difference.
The only other amateur in the race, Gina Andrews, cut out the early running with last year’s winner Milansbar but faded in the latter stages, with Impulsive Star taking up the running 5 from home.
Sam said “He’s learned a lot and given me a great ride and was really courageous. We don’t know that much about him but he’s obviously improving although he’s the coldest horse I’ve know on the schooling grounds – you have to throw him at a fence. I don’t think he’ll get in this year’s Grand National, and it may be a year too soon anyhow.”
Winning part-owner Robert Waley-Cohen said “The four-miler at Cheltenham has been the target all year and we’ll stick to that.” Well done and good luck Sam!
The sheer joy of your first winner cannot be better illustrated! And here’s a lesson in how to gain race riding experience whilst fine tuning your horse in a charity race and then going on to success under Rules!
Well done Rosie Margarson’s on her first career win under Rules on Tuesday at Southwell just 4 days after their Countryside Fund charity race win at Ascot!
Partnering CARIBBEAN SPRING (aka Bean) for her father George, Rosie stuck to the outer and came wide into the straight to lead a furlong from home and stay on to win by over 3 lengths.
After her victory Rosie said “I was on cloud 9 and now I’m on cloud 20. What a mega little horse he is. I ride him at home and he’s a cheeky little chap but you could put a kid on him at the races, he’s so professional. To have a winner under rules on my 3rd ever ride – 4th if you count Ascot – and for dad is insane.”
Well done Rosie on an amazing double with your beloved Bean!
Many congratulations to Isabel Williams on winning the Rowels Fine Art Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow today with her father’s Burn Baby Byrne. Held up for much of the race, the partnership made headway to take up the lead 3 out and stay on well to win by 7 lengths. Well done to winning connections!
Congratulations to David Maxwell fresh from the Arqana Autumn Sales on Monday where under the guidance of Guy Petit he purchased Cat Tiger who he partnered at Auteuil this afternoon when riding against professionals in the Prix Morgex.
Having never sat on the horse before getting legged up, David actually parted company with him on the way to the start but this did nothing to damage their relationship as the partnership duly won!!
“He’s a real professional, though I fell off him on the way down to the start” said David. “It comes as a bit of a surprise the way you jump a fence on the way to the start in France. I’d never sat on the horse before and I only saw him for the first time on Monday at the sales. The first time I ever sat on him, I fell off him but won a Grade 3. Fantastic!”
“He’s going to Paul Nicholls and he’ll run in hunter chases next season” continued David. “We’ll probably keep him to hurdles this season and then hunter chases after that.”
Congratulations to Abbie Mccain on a great ride yesterday afternoon winning the Pro/Am Lincs Loos Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen with her father’s DERRYNANE! Abbie kept a very cool head and the final stages of the race are well worth watching on the link below.
Here is Abbie’s interview with Gordon Brown. Well done to winning connections!🏆👏👍
Congratulations to Amie Waugh on a tenacious ride this afternoon at Hexham when partnering her father Simon’s TOTAL ASSETS in the John Smiths Chase over 4 miles.
Somewhat detached from the 8 other runners in the early stages, the partnership made good headway before the 19th of the 25 fences to be jumped to take up the lead 5 from home and gallop strongly to the line to win with ease. This was a great performance! Well done all!👏👏👏👏
You can watch a post-race interview by Matt Chapman with Amie here:
And Matt Chapman caught up with Amie after the race …
Making all in the 6 runner race, this was the third win in a row in less than a month for the mare and Jack gave her a great ride. Well done all! You can watch the closing stages of the race here together with a post-race interview with Jack: