The first step on the professional ladder is to become an Apprentice or Conditional Jockey depending on whether the Jockey rides on the flat or over jumps.

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All Apprentices and Conditionals start off with a 7lb claim which is reduced down once they achieve a certain number of wins:

7lb Claimer

– until they have 20 wins (Apprentice)
– until they have 20 wins (Conditional)

5lb Claimer

– until they have 50 wins (Apprentice)
– until they have 40 wins (Conditional)

3lb Claimer

– until they have 95 wins (Apprentice)
– until they have 75 wins (Conditional)

The British Racing School run Licence, Continuation and Advanced Courses for both Apprentice and Conditional Jockeys. Please see the Jockey Courses section for more information.

Amateur Jockeys are not jockeys by profession and are restricted to riding with other amateurs once they have obtained their Catagory A Licence.

Amateur Jump Jockeys can obtain a Catagory B licence which allows them to ride against both Amatuer and Professional Jockeys. The British Racing School provide training and licence courses for Amateurs, for more information please see Amateur Courses.

You will need to be committed, dedicated, highly motivated and a very good rider with good horsemanship skills.

You will also need to be light. Flat Jockeys are usually around 8 stone with Jump Jockeys weighing slightly more at around 9st 7lbs. Jockeys are professional athletes and to be one you will need to be extremely fit and healthy.

A riding fee as well as a percentage of the prize money, some Jockeys also manage to secure sponsorship deals.

Andrea Atzeni comes from Sardina where he started riding as a child, his family were not in the racing industry so at the age of 15 he moved to mainland Italy and started to work for a racehorse trainer. He remained there for 2 years before moving to the UK and coming to The BRS to complete his Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care in 2007.
Andrea then went on to work for Racehorse Trainer Marco Botti in Newmarket who quickly saw his potential and applied for his Apprentice Jockey’s licence. This saw Andrea return to The BRS for his Apprentice Licence Course in 2008 and his rode his first winner that July.
His first taste big winner was on Darley Sun in the 2009 Cesarewitch Handicap but he had to wait until 2012 to enjoy his first Group 1 success, back on his home turf in Rome.
2013 was his real breakthrough year, as he became stable jockey to Newmarket trainer Roger Varian and had his first British Group 1 win.

Andrea Atzeni

Our Alumni



Multiple Group 1 winning jockey

D.O.B - 8/9/80

Champion Jockey – 2010 & 2011

Champion Apprentice – 2002

Multiple G1 winning jockey

BRS Courses

9 Week Course (NVQ 2) – 1997

Apprentice Licence Course – 1999

Our Alumni



Flat Jockey

Racing Post Trophy (G1)

Grosser Preis von Bayern (G1)

Premio Lydia Tesio Longines (G1)

BRS Courses

NVQ 2 in Racehorse Care – residential at BRS – 2007

Apprentice Licence Course – 2008

Apprentice Advanced – 2009

Our Alumni



Flat Jockey

John Smith Cup at York

BRS Courses

Flexible Learning Programme – 2006-2007

Apprentice Licence Course – 2009

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Trainer to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Breeders Cup (G1)

The Champagne Stakes at Doncaster (G2)

Cape Verde Stakes, Meydan (G2)

Gordon Stakes (G3)

BRS Courses

9 Week Course + NVQ 2 – 1991

Trainer Licence Courses – 2013

Our Alumni



Flat Jockey

Qatar Prix De L'Abbaye De Longchamp (G1)

Northumberland Plate

British Champion All-Weather Jockey – 2010 & 2011

BRS Courses

Flexible Learning Programme – 2004

Apprentice Licence Course – 2005

Apprentice Conditional Advanced Course – 2006

One to One Jockey Coaching

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National Hunt Jockey

Lexus Chase (G1)

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (G1)

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (G1)

Tingle Creek Chase (G1) Betfair Chase (G1)

BRS Courses

9 week residential course + NVQ2 – 2000

Category A Amateur Jockey Licence – 2000

Conditional Jockey Licence – 2001

Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care & Management - 2015

Trainers Modules 1, 2 & 3 - 2015

Our Alumni



Apprentice Flat Jockey

Betfred Cambridgeshire (Heritage Handicap) 2014

Betfred Ebor (Heritage Handicap) 2014

Racing Excellence All Weather Hand and Heels Series 2013-14

BRS Courses

9 Week Course + Level 2 DIploma - 2011

Apprentice Licence Course - 2012

Apprentice Continuation Course - 2013

Our Alumni



Mulitple G1 winning flat jockey

Champion Jockey – 2007

Champion Apprentice – 1995

July Cup & Prix de Diane

Oaks & Irish 2000 Guineas

Cheveley Park Stakes

BRS Courses

9 Week Course + NVQ 2 – 1988

Apprentice Licence Course – 1990

Our Alumni



National Hunt Jockey - Winner of the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase

Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (G3)

BRS Courses

9 Week Course + NVQ2 – 1998

Conditional Licence Course – 1999

Our Alumni



Multiple Group 1 winning Jockey

Tattersalls Gold Cup (GP1) - 2013 & 2014

Grand Prix du Paris (GP1) - 2014

QIPCO Champion Stakes (GP1) - 2014

BRS Courses

Employer Referral Course + NVQ2 - 2005

Category A Amateur Permit - 2004

Apprentice Jockeys Licence Course - 2004

Our Alumni



Professional Flat Jockey

Abu Dhabi Championship (GP3) - 2015

Jebel Ali Mile (GP3) - 2015 Temple Stakes (GP3) - 2014

BRS Courses

4 week Course + Level 2 Diploma - 2013

Apprentice Licence Course - 2013

Apprentice Continuation Training - 2013

Our Alumni



Stud Manager

Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards 'Employee of the Year' - 2015

BRS Courses

9 week course + NVQ2 - 1996

Our Alumni



National Hunt Jockey

United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 2) - 2014

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) - 2014

Keltbray Holloway's Hurdle (Grade 2) - 2015

BRS Courses

Employer Referral Course + NVQ2 - 2006

Our Alumni



Professional Flat Jockey

Racing Excellence All Weather Hands & Heels Series - 2015

Champion Apprentice Jockey - 2015

BRS Courses

Pony Racing Training - 2011, 2012 & 2013

Advanced Pony Racing Training - 2013

4 week Course + Level 2 Diploma - 2014

Apprentice Licence Course - 2014

Apprentice Advanced Course - 2016

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Travelling Head Girl

Godolphin Stud & Stables Award 'Employee of the Year' - 2014

BRS Courses

9 week course & NVQ2 - 1995

Our Alumni



Professional Flat Jockey

Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored By Skywards (GP2) - 2012

Deutsches Derby (GP1) - 2010

Preis von Europa (GP1) - 2009

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (GP2) - 2008

BRS Courses

9 week course + NVQ2 - 1994