Those of us familiar with Jo Supple were amused to see her described as inexperienced in Friday’s Racing Post considering she has 616 point-to-point rides to her name along with 82 winners as well as 9 successes in hunter chases, but to be fair this was only Jo’s second winner on the Flat in the last five years.
This was the inaugural running of the LK Bennett Lady Amateur Jockeys Handicap over a mile, and with a field of 11 going to post in 30 degree heat it appeared to be a very open race. Jo, who works for trainer Rod Millman, gave CRYSTAL CASQUE time to settle and get into a rhythm. Ultimately and with perfect timing they stormed home under Jo’s strong driving to score by half a length, snatching victory from Megan Jordan and Double Time in the final strides.
Jo drove the box to the races and after the race was interviewed by Hayley Moore (herself a dual winner of this race) and said “The only other winner I’ve ridden for Rod I drove to the races as well, so we might have to make a habit of it. Every winner means a lot because you know everything that goes into them. When it’s part of the team you work for it’s extra special. The only time I’ve ridden here before was in a hunter chase in 2010 on a horse called Door. He was tiny and the fences were huge, but we got round!”
Many congratulations to triathlete Jo and to all the Millman team on a great victory. Huge thanks to our new sponsors LK Bennett for they support and many thanks to the Ascot Executive for their loyalty since the first running of this race back in 1973 when sponsored by de Beers.
With the increased emphasis on the best management of concussion and the litigation that we are seeing in football and rugby, which threaten the nature of those sports, the BHA are reinforcing the protocols in racing. In practical terms the aim is to ensure what is done most of the time is happening all the time.
Concussion screening needs to be formally undertaken in a quiet place once the faller’s heart rate approaches normal. As such it is difficult to do it trackside and the emphasis is to undertake it in the JMR or Medical Area on a Point-to-Point Course. All doctors have received the attached guidance to remind them of the policy.
Jockeys therefore should automatically go to the JMR/Medical Area on return to the Weighing Room complex, even if they have already been seen on the racecourse, where concussion screening will be carried out. Scales are aware of this requirement. The rapid screen is a series of racing specific questions about winners of major races (Flat or Jump), questions about the race day (horse ridden, race type, jockeys racing that day) and a heel to toe balance test. It is worth pointing out that on occasion other factors may lead to a diagnosis of concussion even when the screen is negative. Jump Jockeys are familiar with the screening process which has been common practice at Cheltenham and Aintree for some years.
Please could you therefore be reminded:
– Please automatically go and see the doctor/nurse on return to the weighing room following a fall even if already seen on the racecourse – Don’t expect the doctor to come to the Changing Room to find you – Expect to be asked about the winners of major races and questions about the raceday you are at – Expect to do a heel to toe balance test – If you are seen and seem ok but later start to feel unwell go back to the medical room – If your fall was heavy you may be asked to return later for a further assessment – If any of your colleagues fall and don’t seem right encourage them to see the doctor once again to avoid putting themselves or you at risk of further injury – You cannot be passed to continue riding without being seen for concussion screening following a fall
As in previous years, course walks with Jockey Coaches will be available at the Randox Grand National Festival. Please note, the course walk is MANDATORY for any rider who has not ridden over the Grand National fences more than twice at a Grand National Festival.
The walks will leave the Weighing Room at 10.30am on all three days, or at other times by prior arrangement with the Jockey Coaches. On Thursday this will be Brian Harding, and on Friday and Saturday dual Grand National winning jockey, Carl Llewellyn. Course walks are available to all jockeys who are riding in the Topham and the Grand National and also ANY AMATEUR JOCKEYS WHO ARE RIDING IN THE FOXHUNTERS ON THURSDAY.
Those who are required to walk the course will be notified by the BHA at the declaration stage. Other jockeys are equally welcome, and actively encouraged, to walk the course.
By kind arrangement with Cheltenham Racecourse, the AJA are pleased to announce that all amateur jockeys declared to ride at Cheltenham Festival will be eligible for designated parking.
Car parking labels will be available for amateur jockeys to collect from the Owners & Trainers desk at North Entrance on arrival once they have been confirmed to ride.
Car passes will be available to collect for Tuesday and Wednesday from the Hall of Fame on Monday 13th March. Those riding later in the week will be able to collect car passes from the North Entrance desk from Tuesday onwards.
Many thanks to the Operations Team at Cheltenham for agreeing to this arrangement.
As you may already know, there are a range of new Level 2 body protectors becoming available with enhanced fit and comfort whilst maintaining protection.
James How from Race Safe will be present at various venues up and down the country in the coming weeks fitting body protectors. The initial confirmed dates are as follows:
3rd March – Newbury (Jump)
6th March – Wetherby (Jump)
Any further dates will be confirmed in due course.
There is a discount on the cost of a new body protector if pre-ordered at the fitting session, and all adjustments are free if identified there and then. As bespoke adjustments are done for free in this initial phase it is particularly relevant for those jockeys returning from injury where perhaps due to clavicle fracture a standard fit is no longer correct for their body shape.
The list price is £290 with a reduction if fitted to £260. The IJF are open to approaches to discuss possible financial support for amateur jockeys / qualified riders on a case by case basis.For clarity this is not a mandatory change in body protector; they are simply much more comfortable and move with the jockey. Manufacturers advise that a body protector kept in optimum conditions has a lifespan of 3-5 years ~ less if it is not looked after.
This link will take you to the Racesafe Website for contact details although as yet the new models will not appear there at present.
Many amateur jockeys will be familiar with Fegentri which gives opportunities to amateur jockeys to enjoy race riding abroad on the Flat. All travel expenses are met by the AJA and the host countries provide hotel accommodation.
Fegentri rules have been updated for 2023 to allow up to 3 gentlemen and up to 3 lady riders to represent their country and take part in the LONGINES FEGENTRI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR LADY RIDERS and the LONGINES FEGENTRI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GENTLEMEN RIDERS.
A main representative of each trio will be selected to compete for the title of World Champion and be solely invited if within the top rankings from 1st October until the year end.
The 2023 Fegentri General Assembly will be held in Marrakech, Morocco on Saturday 6th May and we now await publication of this year’s calendar.
Applications are invited from amateur jockeys to take part and represent the UK abroad. 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 ideally at 62 kg (under 10 stone ie 9 stone 11 lbs). Please contact Sarah Oliver at the AJA via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form which needs to be returned by 15th February. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail through any queries in the meantime.
The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to announce the return of the popular Novice Flat Amateur Series. The Series is open to amateur jockeys who are AJA members and have ridden no more than 3 winners under the Rules of Racing at the start of the current flat season.
We are most grateful to all racecourses who support this series which this year include:
13th July Catterick Bridge
27th July Redcar
9th August Carlisle
12th August Nottingham
27th August Thirsk
29th August Ripon
25th September Ffos Las
24th October Leicester
The Amateur Jockeys Association manages the series in consultation with the British Horseracing Authority. In addition a BHA Jockey Coach walks the course with all participating jockeys prior to each race and, if covid restrictions allow, follows each race with a full de-brief. Tim Reed takes on this role on a regular basis.
This is a points series with 10 points awarded to each winner, 6 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd and 1 point for also-rans.
This training series is eagerly awaited year on year by our novice riders. Past amateurs who have ridden in this series include Hollie Doyle and Megan Nicholls as well as jumping’s Harry Bannister, Connor Brace. Bryony Frost, Page Fuller, David Noonan, Harry Reed and Stan Sheppard. A series which offers racing opportunities under the watchful eye of a jockey coach is so beneficial to the participants and we greatly appreciate the support of all owners, trainers and racecourses involved. Good luck to all jockeys riding this year!