Category: Jockey News



We are delighted to announce the 2023 FEGENTRI Gentleman Riders’ team which this year is made up of three jockeys: Eireann Cagney, John Reddington and Fletcher Yarham.

Good luck to our trio for a great season ahead.

Fletcher Yarham
John Reddington
Eireann Cagney
GHOSTLY (Eireann Cagney) wins The AJA Handicap Nottingham 27 Oct 2021



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.



You will be aware that the bedding in period for the new whip rules has started for flat jockeys, and will continue until 26th March.

From 27th March the new rules will be implemented. The amateur flat season begins at Doncaster on 2nd April.  

Please be reminded of the rules and guidance documents which the BHA issued recently.



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.




Please can all jockeys take note that with immediate effect all valet fees have risen to £15 per ride.

The old fee of £10 has remained static for many years and unfortunately a price rise has been long overdue.

Many thanks to all valets for their excellent service and to all jockeys for their understanding.

Exciting international racing opportunity


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: 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!

Riders sought for charity race in support of JULIA’S HOUSE – Wiltshire and Dorset Children’s Hospices


A charity race to support JULIA’S HOUSE – Wiltshire and Dorset Children’s Hospices – will take place at Salisbury Racecourse on Friday 9th September as the first race of their twilight meeting. The race is to be run over a mile with 10 runners and riders.

Applications are now invited with each rider asked to raise a minimum in sponsorship of £1,500 for this wonderful charity.

Julia’s House is an award winning Children’s Hospice in Dorset and Wiltshire dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across the two counties. It is not a typical children’s hospice. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.

For an application form and details of race conditions, please e-mail

For more information on the charity. please visit

The Student Derby


The second ever running of the Student Derby will be run on Wednesday 26th October as the feature race at The Curragh.

All riders must be current students at any university (or will be at the time of the race) and hold a current amateur, conditional or apprentice licence. Riders should be able to ride at a minimum 11st 6lb.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to ride over the Irish Derby distance at Ireland’s premier racecourse and anyone interested should please contact Paddy Barlow:


Mobile: 07873 177808

Tristan Durrell and Gina Andrews crowned NH champions


Many thanks to Ilona Barnett and all at Stratford Racecourse for enabling our traditional Amateur NH Championship presentations to be made at their Hunter Chase meeting on Friday 27th May which always marks the end of our jumps season.Huge congratulations to our 2021/22 Gentleman Amateur NH Champion Jockey Tristan Durrell and to our 2021/22 Lady Amateur NH Champion Jockey Gina Andrews. Very many congratulations also to our talented runners up Ben Bromley, Becky Smith and Lucy Turner.

With the men’s runner-up position still undecided due to David Maxwell having two booked rides, the evening began with the possibility of it being equalled or even overtaken but bad traffic interfered with David’s plans and his runners were withdrawn.

It has been a great season for Ben with his phenomenal start and maintaining his lead on 9 wins until eclipsed by the dazzling accumulation of Tristan’s 15 winners which kept on coming right up until the last few days of the season. Well done Tristan on a fine total. As is customary at this time of year, both Tristan and Ben will be turning conditional and we wish them all the very best of luck in their future professional careers.

The ladies final placings were a little more clear cut with Lucy Turner sidelined through injury, although Becky made a valiant effort to catch Gina. In the end Becky had to settle (for the second consecutive year) to sharing the runner-up position with Lucy, both on 7 winners. Well done to them both and to our record breaking champion Gina who has been unstoppable alongside her champion point-to-point season, ending the season with 9 winners including on the night itself, winning the Ladies Open Championship Final Hunter Chase with FUMET D’OUDAIRIES for husband Tom.

What a season it has been. Congratulations to all amateur jockeys who enjoyed winning rides.