Guess what, I just received an email to say the BBC would like to use me for The Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15th October, so flippin excited!
The British Champions is a new series that was launched at Newmarket Racecourse during the Guineas meeting and will be rounded up at Ascot. The series has five Championship categories, Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.
Champions Day is the climax to the Series and is the richest fixture in British racing history with more than £3 million in prize money. It represents a fantastic opportunity for the equine stars of the 2011 Flat racing season to compete on one of the world’s greatest stages.
Ok so I’ll admit, I’m a disappointed to not be there on horseback but I’m just glad I can still be part of what is guaranteed to be a magical day.
Here is a taste of what will be on show …… Frankel 2000 Guineas
The Racing Authorities have tightened up on the Whip Rules, this change has been well received by the Racing Industry.
As from October 5th Flat Jockeys are restricted to using the whip 7 times throughout a race and are limited to only hit the horse 5 times inside the final furlong whilst, Jump Jockeys are restricted to 8.
Speaking from a Flat Jockeys point of view, I felt the rules did need changing for the public perception as much as anything else. The rules are simple, there are no grey areas, and I’d like to think we can all count up to 7! It’s pleasing to see the Authorities have accepted the whip as a tool of our trade.
Im not sure how the jump boys have reacted to the new change, obviously they have a much larger distance to cover, having never ridden over the jumps before I can’t really comment.
I met The Wanted in the paddock once at Newbury Racecourse and the picture is of me tying to demonstrate how harmless the whip really is……
I was interview at Bell Stables for Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey’s radio show on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour to talk about the first ever meeting with female jockey’s only, and the fact that the industry is now starting to used girl jockeys more often. The Boss sang my praises too which, was nice.
Click Here and scroll to 14 minutes in to listen to my piece
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