Category: Jockey News

Joanna Mason wins Ripon’s Ladies Derby


Congratulations to champion jockey Joanna Mason who enjoyed victory at Ripon on Thursday riding for Steve Gollings aboard NEVADA.

Tracking the leaders of the 9 runner field , Jo took up the lead a furlong from home to stay on well and win the Quilter Private Client Advisers Ladies’ Derby by 1 3/4 length. Well done all!

Champion Tabitha Worsley turns professional


Good luck to Lady NH Champion Tabitha Worsley who has her first rides as a professional today at Uttoxeter, following in the footsteps of previous lady champion amateur jockeys Bridget Andrews (2014/15), Bryony Frost (2015/16) and Page Fuller (2016/17 and 2017/18).

AJA Novice Riders Flat Series


The Amateur Jockeys Association are delighted to announce the return of the popular Novice Flat Amateur Series this summer, now in its 7th year and sponsored for the first time by the AJA.  The Series is open to amateur jockeys who are AJA members and have ridden no more than 3 winners under the Rules of Racing as of 1st April this year.

Races are scheduled as follows:

17th July Catterick Bridge

24th July Leicester

31st July Redcar

16th August Nottingham

21st August Carlisle

26th August Ripon

30th August Thirsk

7th October Royal Windsor

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 follows each race with a full de-brief.

This is a points series with 10 points awarded to each winner, 6 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd and 1 point for also-rans.

Sarah Oliver, CEO of the AJA, said “This training series is eagerly awaited year on year by our novice riders and we are delighted to take on this sponsorship ourselves after 6 years of Betfair’s support.  Past amateurs who have ridden in this series include Hollie Doyle, Megan Nicholls, Poppy Bridgwater and Ellie MacKenzie as well as jumping’s Bryony Frost, Page Fuller, Charlie Todd and Connor Brace.  A series which offers racing opportunities to relatively inexperienced jockeys under the watchful eye of a jockey coach is invaluable and we greatly appreciate the kind co-operation of all racecourses involved.”

Carol Bartley lands her 2nd Queen Mother’s Cup at York


Congratulations to triple champion lady jockey Carol Bartley on winning her second Queen Mother’s Cup yesterday at York, this time partnering progressive 3 year old filly ARCTIC FOX for Richard Fahey following her success here with the popular grey NANTON in 2013 for Jim Goldie.

The jockey’s experience really counted when her mount began to drift right on hitting the front, but Carol allowed her horse to find her own way and she kept on well with the running rail’s assistance.

Emily Bullock enjoyed a great run on Ruth Carr’s MUTAMADED to finish second with Serena Brotherton third on WHERE’S JEFF.

As is tradition, Carol received her own weight in champagne courtesy of Mumm and her only concern was that the car would make it the four hour drive home to Scotland with such a load on board!

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Charles Clover enjoys 1st career success at Newbury


Congratulations to Charles Clover on an unforgettable first ever victory at Newbury yesterday when storming home in the 6 runner field to win easily at 25/1 aboard DUTCH UNCLE for his brother trainer Tom in the Be Wiser Amateur Riders’ Handicap.

Well done Charles!

James Harding flies home at Hamilton!


Congratulations to James Harding who flew up to Hamilton on Wednesday to partner Les Eyre’s QUEEN OF KALAHARI and enjoy a winning ride in a thrilling finish. The mare responded well to his strong urgings and won by a neck to deny Chloe Dods and VENTURA SECRET with Joanna Mason and SPACE WAR a neck in third and reigning lady champion Becky Smith and B FIFTY TWO a further neck in fourth.

James’s enthusiasm and demonstrative joy is clear for all to see here

Well done James!

Champion Tabitha storms into new jumps season


Congratulations to reigning Lady Champion Amateur National Hunt Jockey Tabitha Worsley who has made a great start to the new jumps season with two wins already to her name, scoring for Nick Gifford at Fontwell on Wednesday with BLACK LIGHTNING and riding out her 7 lbs claim in the process.

NH Champions crowned at Stratford at season’s finale


Many thanks to Stratford Racecourse for their kind co-operation in allowing us once again to celebrate the end of the amateur NH season by crowning our champions with their respective presentations during the last day’s racing of the amateur season.

David Maxwell has enjoyed a spectacular 2018/19 with no less than 18 wins to his credit, and although currently sidelined with injuries sustained in a recent crunching fall in Auteuil he gamely travelled to Stratford to receive his trophy. He was joined by lady champion Tabitha Worsley whose season of 10 wins included not only her memorable Aintree Foxhunters success but also a recent double at Perth which secured the championship for her.

Not to be outshone by their champions, both runners up to the respective titles secured a winner apiece on the night to showcase their jockey skills. Becky Smith enjoyed a patient ride aboard MELDRUM LAD for Yorkshire’s Justin Landy to produce her horse with a perfectly timed run leading over the last to bring her total for the season to 8. Having led the tables for much of the season after securing the ladies Flat title last summer, this was a game effort and excruciatingly close for Becky and the unique Championship double eludes her for now.

Following the presentations, it was the turn of Sam Waley-Cohen to increase his tally of 10 wins to 11, holding up the Paul Nicholls trained WONDERFUL CHARM for much of the race and galvanising his quirky horse in the closing stages to snatch victory from Dale Peters and CARYTO DES BROSSES by a neck on the line.

Many congratulations must go not only to both of our champions and their respective runners up but also to all amateur jockeys who have enjoyed winners this season! Today it starts all over again.

Aintree must read for amateur jockeys



All amateur jockeys from both Ireland 🇮🇪and the UK🇬🇧 riding at Aintree over the next 3 days have been contacted with the following important information.

This is a vital reminder for any jockey unsure of procedures.

Course Walks: Following the 2-year trial of voluntary course walks at the Randox Health Grand National Festival, any rider who has not ridden over the Grand National fences more than twice at a Grand National Festival is required to take part in an official course walk with a BHA Jockey Coach. This will leave the Weighing Room at 10.30am on all 3 days of the Meeting, or at other times by arrangement with the Jockey Coaches. 

On Thursday the Jockey Coach will be Brian Harding, and on Friday and Saturday dual the Jockey Coach will be Grand National winning jockey Carl Llewellyn.

Course walks will take place on ALL 3 days of the Meeting. The same initiative is also being made available to professional jockeys who are riding in the Topham and the Grand National.

Those who are required to walk the course will have been notified by the BHA at declaration stage. Other jockeys are welcome to join them and walk the course. 

Pre-Race Procedures and Briefings
Foxhunter and Grand National Steeple Chases
As last year, there will be a Pre-Race Briefing in the Stewards Room at 12 noon on Thursday for ALL amateur jockeys riding in the Foxhunter Steeple Chase, and on Saturday for ALL jockeys riding in the Grand National Steeple Chase. ALL JOCKEYS RIDING IN EITHER RACE MUST ATTEND.

The Start 
Jockeys are asked to approach the tapes no faster than a jig-jog. If the Starter is not satisfied, for any reason, with the manner in which the field approaches he will not start the race and will instead call the jockeys to a standing start. 

If you do not finish in the first 4, please unsaddle in the wash-down area, where there is an excellent team on hand to assist with washing down horses. 

For those fortunate enough to be interviewed by ITV Racing, we have requested that they speak to you before the post-race interview to confirm you are happy with the well-being of your horse. Please follow the instructions of the vets who may ask you to take additional turns on the horse or to dismount. If you feel the need, please dismount and move away from the horse and continue the interview on foot.

Use of the Whip 
The use of the whip at major race meetings is under the spotlight, particularly at the Grand National Festival and more recently at the Cheltenham Festival. We are grateful for your respect of the Rules whilst competing on the biggest stage – it is important to our sport. 

Pulling-Up/Tired Horses
In recent years, jockeys have made excellent collective progress in relation to pulling-up tired and out of contention horses at the Grand National Festivals. We thank you for that and would once again urge you to do the same if you are out of contention. It is important from a welfare perspective.

If a horse is caught after a fall or unseat, the jockey may ride the horse back to unsaddle only if s/he has been authorised to do so by a vet and the jockey has been assessed by a doctor or paramedic. 

If black/yellow direction markers are displayed anywhere in the fence/hurdle, the obstacle MUST be bypassed. Jockeys must follow the direction of the arrow on the direction markers.

Thank you for your co-operation with the above to enable us to showcase the very best of our sport and we wish you and your horse good luck for a safe journey around Aintree.

Craig Dowson wins in Oman


The first of the gentleman’s Fegentri races took place today in Oman with GB represented by team member Will Pettis. An additional place became available for a non-team member and Craig Dowson, better known as a jump and point-to-point jockey, made the most of it by enjoying a winning ride! Many congratulations to Craig on making our return to Fegentri a winning one!

Craig Dowson (orange colours) and GB representative Will Pettis