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Martin McIntyre looks to be clear winner of the Racing Excellence Conditional Training Series.

07 May 2015


Martin McIntyre looks to be clear winner of the RacingExcellence Conditional Training Series.

The Final of the RacingExcellence Conditional Training Series is being held at Plumpton Racecourse onthe 10th May. The series, which started in October last yearcompromises of 13 races and has involved 43 jockeys but it is Martin McIntyrewho leads the points table on 37 points following a win in the penultimate raceat Towcester. Martin is Conditional Jockey for Neil Mulholland and has ridden 6winners since taking out his licence. He has won two of the series races andbeen placed in two more. In second place is Ben Ffrench Davis, Conditional forOliver Sherwood and is 13 points behind the leader with just one win and twoplaces in series races.

Given that there isonly the opportunity for jockeys to gain points for course walking and raceposition during a Final, it leaves Martin with a comfortable enough lead to becrowned Champion whether he has a ride in the Final race or not.

Throughout the series Jockeys are awarded points for walkingthe course and race position and the Jockey Coach who attends the race also hasthe opportunity to give points to the ‘Jockey of the day’, for this they needto show professionalism, conduct themselves well and demonstrate good ridingskills. In the final Jockeys will be awarded course walking points and placepoints only, 1st place –5pts, 2nd place – 3pts, 3rd place – 2pts and 4thplace - 1 pt. The series is for jockeys who have not ridden more than 20winners prior to the first race in the series. Whips can be carried, waved andused but only in the backhand position.

Racing Excellence runs alongside the Jockey CoachingProgramme (JCP) and is the industry accreditation for all apprentice andconditional races which run under hands and heels or training race conditions.Initially set up by The British Racing School as ‘Support for Young Jockeys’ in2006, the BHA rebranded the scheme in 2010 as ‘Racing Excellence’. In February2014 The British Racing School took over the management of Racing Excellenceand The JCP. The latter gives all Apprentices and Conditionals the opportunityto have a coach. All coaches who are all ex Jockeys can be on hand to help withfitness, riding technique, nutrition and race reviews. A coach will attendevery Racing Excellence race to conduct the pre-race course walk and then willalso debrief afterwards.

Former Jockey Steve Smith Eccles will be the coach at Plumptonfor the final. Steve rode 900 winners worldwide with 876 in the UK, 8 of thesewere Cheltenham Festival winners and he was leading rider at the festival in1985. 

The winnerof the series will collect a £1000 prize of their choice to be used towards developingtheir career, this could be anything from a fuel card to a racehorse simulator

For moreinformation on Racing Excellence or the Jockey Coaching Programme pleasecontact Jennie Durrans, or call 01638 669039.

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