BRS Grad Joshua Bryan leads the Apprentice Hands and Heels Series

20th Oct 2016 | Uncategorized

The Final for the Racing Excellence Hands and Heels Series will be held at Newbury on Friday 21st October. Joshua Bryan leads the series by 7 points to Hollie Doyle in second. Joshua, apprentice to Andrew Balding has ridden in 6 of the 11 series races and won two. Hollie who is Apprentice to Richard Hannon has ridden 22 winners this season 2 of which were in the Hands and Heels Series.

Throughout the 11 race series, Jockeys are awarded points for walking the course, professionalism, presentation riding skills and place points. In the final Jockeys will be awarded place points only, 1st place – 5pts, 2nd place – 3pts, 3rd place – 2pts and 4th place – 1 pt. Jockeys riding in the hands and heels races may carry a stick and are allowed to pull the stick through but are not allowed to use it for encouragement.

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 coaches who are all ex Jockeys 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.

The Apprentices will certainly be in good hands for the final as the coach on course will be multiple classic winning ex jockey John Reid. John rode 1,937 winners in the UK, and gained 48 international Group 1 race victories during his career.

The winner of the series will collect a £1000 prize of their choice to be used towards developing their career, this could be anything from a fuel card to a horse simulator. Previous winners of the Hands and Heels Apprentice Series include, Patrick O’Donnell, David Parkes, Shelley Birkett and Daniel Muscutt.


For more information on Racing Excellence or the Jockey Coaching Programme please contact Jennie Durrans, or call 01638 669039.