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Jets award winner to be revealed at Cheltenham

14 November 2015

TONY McCOY, who has recent experience of establishing a second career after race-riding,will today present the Jets Richard Davis Award to the former jockey deemed to have made most achievement in pursuing a new career. 

The award, which will be announced in the parade ring at Cheltenham at 12.30pm, is made by independent judges and rewards riders who have made best use of the Jockeys’Employment Training Scheme(Jets).

 It is named in memory of Richard Davis, who had planned for a future career before a fatal race fall in 1996. It carries a£3,000 prize to the winner.This year’s finalists, Annabelle Armitage, Niall Hannity and Michael Naughton, are all based in the north of England.

After sustaining a racing injury, Armitage has over come disability to qualify as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for the NHS. 

Hannity has capitalised on media training to become a presenter on Racing UK, while Michael Naughton made use of time off with injury to undertake IT training which has led to a role developing new technology. 

Established in 1995, this 20th anniversary of the award will be celebrated with a lunch attended by previous winners who include trainer David O’Meara and Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Mark Bradburne. 

Finalists For The Jets Richard Davis Award

Annabelle Armitage 
Age 47 
Location York 
Raceriding career Held a category B amateur licence and rode five winners as well as 25 point-to-point winners from 1992-2005. 
New career Physiotherapist 
Career development Became interested in physiotherapy when she needed treatment for injuries sustained as a jockey. Gained a human biology A-level enabling herto do a degree and has progressed through the NHS,to become a physio for South Tees NHS Trust.

Niall Hannity 
Age 36 
Location Thornton Waltlass, North Yorkshire 
Raceriding career Conditional/professional from 1996-2005, riding 100 winners. 
New career TV presenterand jockeys’ agent. 
Career development Consulted with Jets while riding and attended media-training days which inspired him to pursue a broadcasting career. Now a Racing UK presenter, last year he became a jockeys’agent and has nine riders onhis books. 

MichaelNaughton 
Age 41 
Location Middlesbrough 
Raceridingcareer Professional for 15 years, riding 63 winners on the Flat and over jumps. 
New career IT product manager. 
Career development After breaking his back in a fall, he used Jets to enrol on a computer course which gave him the IT skills to gain a job with Fine Equinity, a firm which has developed a training and welfare IT tool incorporating a GPS system and heart-rate monitor for horses. 

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