Category: Jockey News

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possibility of it being equalled or even overtaken but bad traffic interfered with David’s plans and his runners were withdrawn.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.



The Amateur Jockeys Association is delighted to announce that a charity race in support of HEROS will take place at Newbury Racecourse on Friday 12th August.

The race is to be run over ten furlongs and will feature 12 experienced riders from a diverse demographic.

Applications for entries are now open with each rider expected to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,500.

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

HEROS Charity began in 2006 with a focus on ex-racehorse re-training and re-homing. HEROS now also provides educational training and offers a variety of courses from age 11. With support from The Racing Foundation and many other partners, HEROS is proud of the individual care offered to all horses and learners at HEROS.

For more information on HEROS please go to

Applications for the charity race close on Friday 6th May.

Amateur Licence Renewals


Following the long lay-off of amateur racing due to Covid19 in 2020 through to 2021, Monday 29th March 2021 saw the resumption of grassroot sports and the return of amateur racing was welcomed from that date.

As a consequence, a large number of amateur riders renewed their licences at that time, with those same licences now due to expire.

The BHA’s Licensing Department ask for a minimum of two weeks under the Rules of Racing to consider a renewal application. Out of courtesy, all jockeys are e-mailed by the BHA with a reminder at least four weeks before renewal is due, although it is the jockey’s absolute responsibility to be aware of when their licence expires and to submit a renewal within a reasonable timeframe. (With the use of technology, it would seem obvious to set reminders in mobile phones to avoid any oversight.)

In addition to the administrative work required by Licensing, the BHA Medical Team are also required to clear jockeys’ licences, and with some recent staff changes within that department it is essential that the two-week timeframe is respected.

Jockeys who forget to renew within the required timeframe are asked to take on board their responsibility to apply in future in good time for a renewal, and are respectfully advised that e-mails and phone calls to BHA Licensing only hinder the process whilst time is taken up in responding rather than actually being able to work through processing applications.

Please be assured that the BHA will do all that they can to process all applications as fast as possible. Thank you.

Amateur Jockeys Association announces GREATWOOD Charity Race


The Amateur Jockeys Association is delighted to announce that a charity race in support of Greatwood will take place at Newbury Racecourse on Thursday 9th June.

The race is to be run over ten furlongs and will feature 12 experienced riders from a diverse demographic.  Applications for entries are now open with each rider expected to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,500.

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

Greatwood was the first charity to use former racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs.  For anyone who wishes to support the charity, please e-mail

For more information on Greatwood please go to

Applications close Friday 18 March

Weighing Room COVID-19 testing requirement to end today


Mandatory COVID-19 testing for Weighing Room entry is to end earlier than scheduled, following the confirmation of changes to self-isolation rules in England.

Those working in the Weighing Room from today, Thursday 24 February, will no longer be required to present evidence of a negative lateral flow test prior to entry.

The adjustment to racing’s timetable for easing restrictions reflects the reduced business continuity risk to the industry from changes to self-isolation requirements and the downward trend COVID-19 infection data.

Regular self-testing will still be encouraged. Anyone testing positive for the virus will be advised to stay at home, in line with government guidance, until they can demonstrate evidence of  negative tests.

Access to the Weighing Room will continue to be restricted to essential personnel, while existing infection control measures within the complex will remain in place for the time being to help minimise the risk of transmission.

While self-isolation rules have changed in England, people living, traveling or working in Scotland and Wales should continue to follow the legal requirement to self-isolate and wear face coverings indoors, as mandated by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Commenting on the changes to racing’s plans, BHA Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Jerry Hill, said:

“Throughout the pandemic, we have endeavoured to make evidence-based decisions that protect our people and safeguard the industry against COVID-19-related disruption.

“In recent months, testing for Weighing Room personnel has been a crucial part of this strategy and I’d again like to thank everyone for their continued patience and cooperation.

“Changes to self-isolation rules, together with promising signs in infection data, enable us to bring forward the end to mandatory testing – although testing on a voluntary basis is still recommended.

“As emphasised previously, COVID-19 still exists, so please continue to do what you can to reduce your own risk and prioritise the health and livelihood of others.”

All-Weather Amateur Programme update for February & March 2022


Please will all amateur jockeys note that due to a clash with Amateur races at Chelmsford, the BHA have kindly reprogrammed the two Amateur races at Southwell in February and March as follows:

  • 6f Class 6 (46-65) 4+ Hcap will now be run on February 13th instead of the 11th as previously scheduled.
  • 1m Class 6 (46-55) 4+ Hcap will now be run on March 15th instead of the 17th as previously scheduled.

Many thanks to the BHA and to Southwell Racecourse for their kind co-operation in facilitating this change to maximise opportunities for amateur jockeys on the racecourse.



From Tuesday 11 January, everyone entering the Weighing Room complex on a raceday will be required to present on arrival evidence of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT).

As confirmed previously, the intention of racing’s industry COVID-19 Group was to introduce testing at the earliest possible opportunity, with a temporary pause agreed to enable participants to secure a supply of tests. 

With reports of improvement in the supply of LFTs, regular testing will come into effect from Tuesday. We will continue to monitor the availability of tests and keep you updated as to any further adjustments to the requirements should they be necessary. 

Everyone planning to attend fixtures from Tuesday 11 January should ensure that they: 

  1. Continue to order LFTs here;
  2. Download the NHS App here;
  3. Complete the LFT before you leave to go racing; please do not come racing without a negative LFT.
  4. Upload your LFT result here;
  5. On arrival show any of the following as evidence of a negative test: Text reporting a negative test; Email reporting a negative test; NHS App COVID Pass Data;
  6. If you test positive, isolate and follow instructions here.

The LFT should be completed on each day of racing before travelling, with Weighing Room attendees required to demonstrate the negative LFT either via the NHS App, or an NHS text message or email address confirming the result. A photograph of a test will not be accepted, nor will the actual test kit.

Any person who does not have a valid negative LFT result will be refused entry to the Weighing Room. LFT kits will not routinely be available on-site, so those planning to enter the Weighing Room are advised to complete the test before departing for the racecourse. 

We would also recommend maintaining a small number of unused LFTs in your car as a contingency measure, should you or a colleague arrive at the racecourse without evidence of a negative test.  

COVID-19 cases remain high across the country, with positive cases also having been identified within the racing industry and amongst Weighing Room personnel – resulting in self-isolation and absence from work.  

Regular testing in racing will add a further layer of protection for our business-critical personnel and protect the health and availability of everyone in the Weighing Room. Vaccination also remains an essential part of the protection against COVID-19 and you can book an appointment here.

Thank you, as ever, for your continued efforts to keep your Weighing Room colleagues safe.

Vaccination Clinic Chelmsford Racecourse


All jockeys are requested to sign up for the Smartbase Vaccination App sent out by e-mail from BHA Medical. This confidential data is critical to help manage contact tracing. The good news is that as soon as numbers of fully vaccinated jockeys are high enough, this will allow relaxation of racecourse restrictions such as face coverings.

There is a VACCINATION CLINIC at CHELMSFORD RACECOURSE tomorrow 14th October for jockeys were a walk-in service is to be used and no appointment needed. This will operate from 1700 hrs to 2100 hrs. The Pfizer vaccine will be used. Please notify if you are attending.

The timescale of jabs is as follows:

1st dose

2nd dose – from FOUR WEEKS after first dose

3rd dose (booster) – over 50s and at least SIX MONTHS after second dose