Why take part?
British horseracing aspires to be the best in the world. Every other sport provides a grass roots coaching scheme and horseracing is no exception.
“In its pursuit of excellence British Horseracing aims to ensure our Champion jockeys of the future are given the best possible education at the early stages of their careers. The Racing Excellence series is a vital part of this education, providing young jockeys with the opportunity to develop core skills and values such as professionalism, horsemanship and sportsmanship - traits that are evident in our current Champions AP McCoy and Paul Hanagan. Looking at the roll call of previous winners it is clear to see that the series provides a proven springboard to success as shown”. Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and Regulations - British Horseracing Authority
Taking part in the series has many benefits for a young jockey and provides:
- invaluable suppport for all jockeys taking part
- advice on race riding skills
- pre-race course walk and post-race analysis with a qualified Jockey Coach
- a professional and structured approach to their career
- advice on how to conduct themselves with their employers, owners and the media.
"The series opened up a whole new part to my career and I am now riding for new trainers, more difficult horses and on bigger racedays. I would tell any young rider that the series is a massive opportunity." Danny Burton, Hands and Heels Jumps Series winner 2010
“Having been very fortunate in recent years to have represented some of the best up and coming young apprentices in the country, I know how important it is for my apprentices to do well in the series. I would very much like to thank all involved in sponsoring this event; providing opportunities every year for our young apprentices” Neil Allan, Agent to Hands and Heels All Weather Series Winner Kieren Fox
“This series is an integral part of a young jockey’s race riding education and training and it’s fantastic to see so many apprentices and their employers targeting the series as a launching pad for their race riding careers.” Sara Hay-Jahans, Head of Industry Recruitment and Training at the British Horseracing Authority