Today was a day to remember for 16 year old Jack Tudor who enjoyed his first career win under rules when winning the 5 runner MF Sporting Ltd Novice Hurdle for boss Christian Williams aboard UNO MAS at Fakenham. His 6 hour journey from Wales proved more than worthwhile!
Only 2 were left in contention at the last – UNO MAS and HIGHWAY STAR ridden by another 16 year old, William Humphrey, having his first ride, but despite wandering and ducking violently right going into the hurdle, there was no doubt about the winner who forged clear to win by 4 lengths. Well done Jack!
The Racing Post published an interesting piece on Jack:
Whatever the results at Fakenham on Tuesday, the shrewd Christian Williams is certain to appear on the post-race podium as his racing club is the main sponsor of the Christian Williams Racing Club Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.30).
Despite his patronage, that is not the race on the card that Williams most wants to win as it is the amateur riders’ contest (2.00) he really has his eye on.
Following Williams in amateur riders events could be a system to follow this season as the former jockey, who has made a promising start to his new career, explained: “I’ve a young boy in the yard who’s an exceptional rider and I’m trying to find runners for as many amateur races as I can to give him experience.
The young rider in question is the 16-year-old Jack Tudor, whose father Jonathan used to ride and whose cousin, James Tudor, won the Kim Muir aboard High Chimes at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, before retiring in 2016
On the clear potential of his young apprentice, Williams said: “He’s 16 and had his first ever ride four weeks ago on Uno Mas and finished fourth.
“He was beaten three-quarters of a length at Cheltenham a few days later on his second ever ride aboard Fifty Shades. This will be his fourth ride under rules, his birthday was right at the end of the pointing season so I think he rode at only about three or four meetings – but he had about seven winners from something like 15 rides.”
Tudor will again ride Uno Mas at Fakenham on Tuesday and Williams clearly fancies the pair’s chances.
“He’s in good form,” he said. “I hope the track should suit him and he’d probably be my strongest chance tomorrow. Jack’s a very good young rider so claiming the full 7lb is a big help.
Well done to Craig Dowson on a stylish victory to round off the card at Plumpton last night, the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle, with BALKINSTOWN for trainer Robert Stephens. Mid div for much of the race, the partnership made smooth progress to track the leader and lead from 2 out, staying on well to win by 1 3/4 lengths.
Congratulations to winning connections!
Matt Chapman enjoyed meeting 2 of the tallest lads from the weighing room yesterday at Plumpton who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Luca Morgan in the Plumpton Racecourse Twinned with Pompadour Racecourse Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle
Many congratulations to Luca Morgan, 17 year old graduate of pony racing, who enjoyed the second win of his budding career when winning at Plumpton this afternoon in the 5 runner amateur hurdle which celebrates the twinning of Plumpton Racecourse with that of Pompadour.
Partnering WINTER SPICE for Johnny Farrelly the partnership made virtually all to be ridden out and win comfortably by 7 lengths. Well done Luca!
Luca is enjoying a great start to his amateur career having enjoyed his first career winning ride at Ludlow less than a month ago on 25th October when partnering HOKE COLBURN for Brian Barr in the “A Plush Flush” Amateur Riders Handicap Chase. Today’s race tactics were the complete opposite those at Ludlow, with Luca showing his versatility in the saddle back in October, holding his horse up until the latter stages of the race.
You can watch the closing stages of the race here:
John Dixon enjoyed a great start to Saturday’s card at Wetherby, getting off the mark for the season when partnering CAPTAIN ZEBO for his father to win the novice hurdle by 5 lengths on the horse’s debut run since being bought out of Gordon Elliott’s yard.
Well done John and congratulations to winning connections!
Many congratulations to Sam Waley-Cohen who enjoyed a great front running performance from The Young Master trained by Neil Mulholland in the opener, the Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, at Cheltenham today to win with ease and dent Station Master by 8 lengths.
Sadly the race was marred by the loss of Nigel Twiston-Davies’s Jameson who fell 2 out when travelling well under Zac Baker and a close challenging 2nd. Of the 11 runners, only 6 finished, with 3 falling at the second last.
Winning trainer Neil Mulholland said: “It was great. He had got the course form as he has been round here before, and the form of his last win had worked out well. He is a very genuine horse. He is still only 9 – people think he is a lot older, as he has been around a long time.
“He was very game and gutsy and seems to have come back to form. The nicer the ground, the better for him. We will leave him in the Ladbrokes Trophy (at Newbury on December 1) and speak to the owners and see how he is.” Well done and good luck to winning connections with future plans.
A great day for Ben Jones today enjoying his 2nd career win to date and first winner for boss Philip Hobbs with Midnight Glory when successful in the AJA Hurdle.
Well done Ben!
Calling all amateur jockeys! And that includes point-to-point jockeys!
Thanks to the support of Racing Welfare, the inspirational Dr George Wilson of Liverpool John Moore’s University is coming to Cheltenham Racecourse next Tuesday evening 20th November at 7 pm!
This is a golden opportunity for any jockey with weight and/or nutritional concerns to hear from an expert. Admission FREE! Highly recommended! Be there!
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
THE AMATEUR JOCKEYS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2017 Annual General meeting of the AJA will be held on Monday 3 December 2018 at 12:00 noon at Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth in the Laurent Perrier Suite 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 2017. 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
- 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 Anthea Morshead and seconded by Bob Davies).
- to re-appoint Andrew Winterburn Chartered Accountants as auditors and to authorise the directors to fix their remuneration
Dated: 9 November 2018
By order of the board
Congratulations on a great ride to victorious David Maxwell today when partnering his Ecu De La Noverie trained by Philip Hobbs in the Agetur novice hurdle over 2 miles at Newbury and winning by a short head in a photo finish, denying James Bowen!
An entertaining interview followed with Alex Steedman with David’s passion and enthusiasm for the sport in evidence. Many congratulations to him and to winning connections!👏👏👏👏👏
You can watch most of the interview here: