Thursday 1st September see’s the final of the Littleton Stud Racing Excellence Apprentice Series. 18 year old BRS Graduate, Lulu Stanford is 4 points ahead in the leader board but it’s still a wide open race. George Wood is in the running but he would need a win to pip Lulu on the line.
Lulu, Apprentice to Michael Bell, has ridden 9 winners so far this year, she regularly attends training sessions with her jockey coach Michael Tebbutt, and he said “Lulu has a great work ethic, she’s been riding out for different trainers, putting plenty of miles in going racing and keeps her fitness to a very high standard. She had a nasty fall a couple of months ago and has worked extremely hard to get her fitness back to top level. Lulu set goals at the beginning of the year and one of them was to try and win a Racing Excellence Series and I really hope it pays off.”
George Wood, who is Apprentice to James Fanshawe, has ridden 21 winners this year and recently lost his 7lb claim, George is also on the Jockey Coaching Programme and is coached by Neil Pollard.
The Salisbury series awards cash prizes to the top 3 jockeys in the table, 1st – £1000, 2nd – £500, and 3rd is £250. Previous winners have been, Paddy Pilley, Daniel Cremin and Ian Burns.
Racing Excellence runs alongside the Jockey Coaching Programme (JCP) and is the industry accreditation for all apprentice and conditional races which run under hands and heels or training race conditions. Initially set up by The British Racing School as ‘Support for Young Jockeys’ in 2006, the BHA rebranded the scheme in 2010 as ‘Racing Excellence’. In February 2014 The British Racing School took over the management of Racing Excellence and The JCP. The latter gives all Apprentices and Conditionals the opportunity to have a coach. All the coaches are ex Jockeys and can be on hand to help with fitness, riding technique, nutrition and race reviews. A coach will attend every Racing Excellence race to conduct the pre-race course walk and then will also debrief afterwards.
John Reid will be coach on course so the jockeys will be in great hands, John rode just under 2000 winners including a Derby winner on Dr Devious, a St Leger, the 1000 Guineas and the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
For more information on Racing Excellence or the Jockey Coaching Programme please contact Jennie Durrans, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01638 669039.