BRS Blog. Week commencing the 13/11/2017

20th Nov 2017 |

This week we welcomed Course 317 to the BRS for the 14 Week Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care. All of the group have settled in remarkably well and are enjoying their first week. Good news: Course 314x passed their Week 8 Assessment on Tuesday. They have now progressed on to our straight gallop for the final stage of their training.



Last week you may have read about our sponsored Shetland Pony Rider, Rocco Dettori, being given the opportunity to ride in a pony race in Abu Dhabi. We are delighted to report that Rocco rode a fine race to finish 4th. Rocco, along with Lucy Aspell, our other sponsored Shetland Pony Rider, will be riding in the Shetland Grand National at Olympia horse show in December this year. More on that nearer the time.


It’s been a busy few days for us here in Newmarket. With us at the minute are the Godolphin Flying Start group, who are currently in the first year of their 2 year course. The course gives them experience of the racing industry all over the globe – a rare but exciting venture for those on the course.

Also on campus is the Apprentice Licence course. They had the chance to carry out stalls training with BHA starter Kieran O’Shea. The group split into two, half being in the saddle and the others on the ground. All had the chance to experience both aspects. Those on the ground practised leading the horses into the stalls, and those on horseback were trained in the art of removing the blindfold. Mr O’Shea made the experience as close to reality as possible, by utilising flags, whistles and issuing the same commands he would give to the jockeys on race day. An added aspect was the occasional false start, which would be sprung on the jockeys causing them to react in an appropriate manner. This training cannot be overstated and all involved were very complimentary of the exercise.

Finishing on a fabulous note this week. On Monday, BRS graduate, William Carver, experienced the thrill of a winner from his first ever ride! Know The Truth, trained by Andrew Balding, proved to be the horse that William will remember forever by winning the 2:45 over Southwell’s flying five furlongs. William’s mount stayed on stoutly to get up by a neck from the Tony Coyle trained Excellent World. Well done William, the first success of many.