The AJA are delighted to announce our teams of Fegentri riders for 2019 as follows:
Longines Fegentri World Championship for Gentlemen Riders (Flat): William Easterby, James Harding, Pat Millman, Will Pettis and David Prichard
Longines Fegentri World Championship for Lady Riders (Flat): Carol Bartley, Serena Brotherton, Jessica Gillam, Antonia Peck and Hannah Welch
The gentlemen have plenty to look forward to with trips to be shared between all 5 of them to Oman, Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, and Italy * whilst the girls also have much to be excited about with trips to be shared to Oman, Switzerland, Martinique, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Turkey, Austria and Mauritius *.
* subject to invitation
With our return to membership of Fegentri for 2019, we are also delighted to announce that we will be supporting the Gentleman’s League (Jump) this year which comes under the Fegentri umbrella and that David Prichard will be our representative.
The Gentleman’s League calendar for 2019 includes:
21st March Cork, Ireland 19th May Auteuil, France 30th May Le Lion d’Angers, France 27th August Waregem, Belgium 28th Sept Merano, Italy 13th Oct Pardubice, Czech Republic 8th Nov Compienge, France
There is also a point-to-point at Chateau Gonthier in France on 4th May so plenty of fun to be had!
If YOU would like to represent UK and ride abroad but have not necessarily had the requisite 5 wins for Fegentri and/or struggle to do 9 stone (girls) or under 10 stone (lads) then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for any other international trips which crop up from time to time so that your name can be added to the list of interested jockeys. If you cannot commit to the whole series, it would still be useful to know if you may be interested in an occasional ride abroad. Please note: Lady jockeys can also apply for the Gentleman’s League!
Good luck to all of Team GB for a great Fegentri 2019!✈️🏇🍀😎
A reminder to ensure that all amateur jockeys are aware that ACUTE INJURY CLINICS are available to all licensed jockeys who have sustained an acute race-riding related injury (from a fall or kick etc).
Jockeys can literally turn up and be seen by a physiotherapist without making a prior appointment at the following times:
Oaksey House: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10-11 am
Jack Berry House: Mondays between 10 am and 11:30 am
Brodie Hampson memorably won the 2016 Royal Artillery Gold Cup in her father’s colours before his sad death later that year and repeated that emotional success earlier today at Sandown, having spread some of her late father’s ashes on the winning line earlier in the day.
It was a thrilling race to watch with Brodie partnering Ben Pauling’s Carlos du Fruitier and making much of the running. Brodie explained “The plan wasn’t to make the running, but with a circuit to go the pace was a bit on and off and I know he needed a good pace, so I thought ‘we are going to have to take it up here and now, and you are going to have to help me out and I will help you out’.
“I definitely spread some more of his (father’s) ashes at the winning line today and he was with me all the way, I know that. It was massively emotional – it is every time I come here.
“Dad was was in the Royal Artillery for 24 years, so it was a big part of his life and to come back here and do it again for him, he would be so proud.
“Next year hopefully we will get back into his colours again on another horse.” Many congratulations Brodie!
Whilst we all await the annual 🇮🇪Irish🇮🇪 invasion to Cheltenham it was brilliant to have a small invasion of our own 🇬🇧British🇬🇧 team Zac Baker, Alex Edwards, Brodie Hampson and Tabitha Worsley flying over to Fairyhouse for the inaugural Anglo/Irish Challenge Chase on 13th February and taking on the formidable Irish team on their own turf headed by Patrick Mullins, Derek O’Connor, Aine O’Connor and Lisa O’Neill.
13 went to post and ultimately half of each team did not complete, with GB’s Alex unseated and Zac pulling up, whilst Aine and Patrick were also PU. Sadly we did not have a team member in the winner’s enclosure but Tabitha had a great spin for Gordon Elliott on KAYR THOU to finish 3rd, bringing home the trophy for GB, with Lisa and Derek 4th and 5th respectively and Brodie 6th.
We really appreciate these international invitation races which give unique race riding opportunities to our members and huge thanks must go again to Fairyhouse’s Peter Roe for his kindness as well as Susan Leahy for her support, with the re-run in 2020 already eagerly awaited!🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀
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!