Category: Jockey News

Amateur racing resumes


Following the end of national lockdown due from 00:01 on Wednesday 2nd December and the newly revamped Tier system coming into effect at the same time, the BHA understand that amateur racing can go ahead as planned.

Please note: This could be subject to change, but as of today amateur races will be run as planned within the Racing Calendar.



Please note the following update from the British Horseracing Authority regarding the status of amateur races during the period of current national restrictions which operate from today 5th November until 2nd December:

In line with UK Government guidance, only elite sport can continue during the period of national lockdown, which is due to last from 5th November to 2nd December.

Amateur Jockeys are classified by government as elite athletes when they are on a pathway to professionalism. They race according to the same criteria as apprentices following elite sport protocols.

However, amateur-only races fall outside the government’s criteria. Therefore it has been necessary to revise the amateur rider restrictions to the following races:

FLAT: 2 DECEMBER, LINGFIELD PARK: The amateur rider restriction has been removed and the race will revert to professional riders licensed for Flat Racing only.

JUMPS: 12 NOVEMBER, LUDLOW AND 14 NOVEMBER CHELTENHAM: Both races have been made pro-am races for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders. Any Category “A” amateur jockey must have achieved at least 10 completed rides in point-to-points or 10 completed rides per obstacles under Rules, or a combination of the two, in order to compete.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the BHA for their support and hard work at this very challenging time.

Amateur races now listed to end of 2020 both Flat & Jump


All amateur races both Flat and NH are now listed on this site.

Please note that most of these races have only been published in the Programme Book at this stage and that race conditions are subject to change.

Updates will appear here.

Jump races for October now listed


Jockeys please note that the following NH races for October have been added to the amateur calendar:

Hurdles: Stratford (ladies pro/am) 17th October + Exeter 20th October

Chases: Ludlow 22nd October + Cheltenham 24th October

Update to August Calendar!



Following discussions with the BHA regarding the programming of 2 amateur races on 21 August, the following has been agreed:

  • BATH 19 August 1m6f Class 6 Handicap will be for amateur jockeys
  • WOLVERHAMPTON 21 August will now be for professional jockeys

Thanks to all working to make it work in these challenging times!

The latest revised list is here:



We are delighted to confirm that the BHA will be introducing amateur riders’ races into the Flat programme in August. Following the devastation caused to our racing programme by COVID-19, these August races will be open to both male and female riders.

Whilst some racecourses are currently unable to accommodate amateur races, it is hoped that this programme will remain unchanged but please be aware that in these extraordinary times it may be subject to change.

We would like to put on record our gratitude to BHA Race Planning and to all supporting racecourses for their tireless work and invaluable assistance which will enable the amateur season to start at last!

The full list of 9 races is now listed on this website at



It is with regret that the BHA have advised today that owing to the current Covid 19 pandemic there will be no amateur riders’ races scheduled until September 2020 at the earliest, subject to review nearer the time.

Millie Wonnacott and David Maxwell take NH Championships


With the curtailment of the jumps season announced on Thursday, congratulations to our two newly crowned National Hunt Amateur Champion Jockeys for the 2019/20 season!

Congratulations to reigning Gentleman Champion Amateur Jockey David Maxwell who has enjoyed a great season with a total of 15 winners and retains his champion title.

Gallant in defeat is our runner-up Fergus Gillard who has kept David closely in his sights all season and looked to be closing on him in recent weeks, finishing the season with a total of 12 winners. This was a great effort and well done to them both.

Meanwhile the ladies have a new Champion with Millie Wonnacott enjoying the best season of her career so far, ending with 6 winners – a fantastic achievement.

Another lady jockey enjoying a flourishing career is the runner-up Lilly Pinchin, ending the season just one winner behind Millie on 5 wins. Many congratulations ladies!

With the season enduring so much extreme wet weather resulting in numerous lost cards, it is a brutal blow to racing to see the season come to such an abrupt halt. We are in unprecedented times and we wish everyone safety and good health whilst we get through the next few months.

UK Jump racing suspended by BHA until July


The BHA announced on Thursday 2 April that jump racing in the UK has been suspended until at least 1 July. Currently working on the resumption of Flat racing “behind closed doors” from 1 May, this will allow the industry to concentrate on Flat racing without jump racing putting more pressure on medical and emergency services.

The decision was made following a proposal from the National Trainers Federation to bring clarity to both trainers and owners and minimise unnecessary expense. It was then agreed by the Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association and the Racecourse Association. More NH fixtures will be scheduled later in the summer.

On the same day it was also announced in Ireland that the Irish point-to-point season has now ended.