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The Final for the Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series

20 October 2015

Aaron Jones is out in front going in to the Final of the Apprentice Training Series.

The Final for the Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series will be held at Doncaster on Saturday 24th October. Aaron Jones has a clear lead in the series with his closest rival Daniel Cremin 11 points behind in second. Aaron, Apprentice to Stuart Williams has ridden 29 winners since taking out his licence, 22 of them have been in 2015 making this his best season so far. Aaron has ridden in 8 of the series 12 races winning one and being placed in the remainder.

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 David Parkes, Shelley Birkett, Rachel Kneller and Simon Pearce. 

For more information on Racing Excellence or the Jockey Coaching Programme please contact Jennie Durrans, or call 01638 669039.

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