The Final for the Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series will be held at Doncaster on Saturday 22nd October. Georgia Cox leads by two points to Adam McNamara in 2nd place. Since being issued a licence, Georgia, apprentice to William Haggas has ridden 29 winners. Georgia has ridden one winner in the Training series and picked up points for her riding skills and professionalism as well as the coursewalk in the 5 other series races she has ridden in. Adam McNamara has ridden 47 winners this year and won the Racing Excellence Haydock series.
Throughout the 12 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 training races may carry a stick and are allowed to pull the stick through wave it and use it in the backhand but not the forehand.
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 be under the supervision of Alex Greaves for the final. Alex rode over 300 winners which includes the 1997 running of the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
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 Apprentice Training Series include Aaron Jones, David Parkes, Shelley Birkett, Rachel Kneller and Simon Pearce.