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BRS Graduate Sophie Killoran holds on to win the All Weather Hands and Heels Series

14 March 2016

The 9 race series started in November and Apprentices riding in the races throughout the winter have received points for taking part in the pre-race course walk, presentation, professionalism and riding skills.

22 year old Sophie has ridden 10 winners to date and is coached by BHA jockey Coach Michael Tebbutt, who said, “In my opinion it’s no surprise to me that she has won the series; it’s a result of the hard work and dedication she put in throughout the last 6 months. Sophie realises that one of the most important factors in race riding is fitness, so as well as attending evening coaching sessions with myself she has regular PT sessions with Yariv Kam who is based at The British Racing School.

I hope she can build on this success and go on to bigger and better things during the upcoming turf season.”
After completing her A Levels, Sophie came to the BRS in 2012 to complete her Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship. Sophie was placed in a job with David Simcock in Newmarket and in April 2014 attended the Apprentice licence course, Sophie said “I’m delighted to win the All Weather Series it means a lot and I really hope it will help further my career. I have a great coach in Michael Tebbutt who works us hard but I feel I’ve benefitted a huge amount from his help. The support we have at the BRS is great and as well as the Jockey Coaching Programme I’ve been lucky to be involved in a lot of other training which has all helped towards my career.”

The prize for winning the series is £1000 which must be put towards the jockey’s race riding career. Sophie is still to decide what she would like to spend the money on, previous winners have bought Ipads, race riding equipment, fuel cards and simulators.
Adam McNamara won the final race of the series riding Gabriel The Duke for Richard Fahey

Well done to all the riders who took part in the All Weather Series. 

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