Week Commencing 22nd January

26th Jan 2018 |

We begin this week on a sombre note, with the sad passing of trainer Richard Woollacott.  In his career, Richard saddled 60 winners, including the Grade 2 successes of Lalor in the Aintree Champion Bumper and the gritty Beer Goggles in Newbury’s Long Distance Hurdle. The latter runs tomorrow at Cheltenham in the Cleeve Hurdle in celebration of Richard’s life. From all at the BRS we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr Woollacott, and wish them all the luck in the world with tomorrow’s runner.


We are delighted to announce that Course 317 have advanced on to the straight gallop following their successful mid-course assessment. Their progression is testament to their hard work and dedication. This is the stage of their learning that mimics the workplace best, so let us hope that their success continues through to graduation on the 19th February.

Yesterday evening, the current Apprentice Licence course travelled to the meeting at Chelmsford to oversee the procedures in place for a race in the Racing Excellence Series. On arrival, would-be jockeys walked the course with BRS jockey coach Richard Perham, followed by shadowing the loading procedure for the race down at the start. The race in question was a ‘Hands and Heels’ race, meaning jockeys were not permitted to carry a stick. The students got an insight into the alternative methods of persuasion the jockeys used within the final few furlongs. Post-race they were privy to the race review in the Stewards’ Room, with all who had ridden in the race present. A great way for the students to see their future trade in action.


Finishing this week with the news that BRS graduate Hector Crouch rode out his claim last week at Newcastle. Congratulations Hector – may the success keep on going!