Apprentice Series

The 2017 Apprentices Series races

Doncaster – Sat 1 April,  Ripon – Thurs 20 April

Pontefract – Wed 3 May,  Wetherby – Mon 15 May

Beverley – Tues 27 June,  Redcar – Sun 23 July,

Thirsk –  Fri 4 August,  York – Sun 10 September,

Catterick – Sat 21 Oct

Final – Doncaster 11 November

Round 6 – Redcar, July 23

Connor Murtagh, who had lost the lead in this season’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition to Clifford Lee after round five at Beverley, did not take long to go back to the top of the table even though he looked to be a slightly unlucky loser when second on Jan De Heem at Redcar.
Murtagh looked to have ridden the perfect race on Tina Jackson’s seven-year-old as he made steady progress from the four furlong marker to hit the front at the distance and quickly go two lengths clear. But even as his supporters were starting to count their winnings, Jan De Heem started to wander to his left and Jamie Gormley grabbed his chance on favourite Midnight Warrior to get up and win by a neck.
It may only have been nine points instead of the maximum 18 for Murtagh, but it was enough to catapult Murtagh back to the top of the table and a five points lead over Lee, who did not have a ride at Redcar.
The 18 points for Gormley took him right up the table into third place and within striking distance of the top if he could find another winner in the remaining four rounds of the competition.

The full table is:-
Connor Murtagh 38
Clifford Lee 33
Jamie Gormley 23
Phil Dennis 18
David Egan 18
Callum Rodriguez18
Ben Sanderson 18
Harrison Shaw 18
Tina Smith 18
Megan Nicholls 15
William Cox 9
Raymond Dawson 9
Patrick Vaughan 8
Seamus Cronin 6
Ryan Timby 6
Ben Robinson 4
Kieran Schofield4
Jane Elliott 3
Paula Muir 3
Cameron Noble 3
Mitch Godwin 2
Sean Mooney 2
Lewis Edmunds 1
Manuel Fernandes1
David Parkes 1
Rowan Scott 1
Gemma Tutty 1
Jordan Uys 1

2016 Winner Rowan Scott’s blog

A few things have changed since my last blog. I’ve moved up to Keith Dalgleish’ Yard in South Lanarkshire. I’d been thinking of making the move for a while and i felt it was the right time to go for me to progress. It was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my career, Ann and George Duffield were really good to me.I was really young when I started there and they looked out for me, as well as teaching me a great deal about racing.

The season’s started off really well with a winner on the 2nd day of the turf at Doncaster aboard Zoravan for the new boss and ontoawinner syndicate. He’s an exciting prospect for the season ahead having only run on the all weather previously, the main query was if he would handle the switch to turf but ended up winning impressively and i’m sure there will be more to come from him. I’ve also been lucky enough to steer Taxmeifyoucan to a 15L victory, he is definitely worth keeping an eye on. Miss Bar Beach ran a cracker first time out at Beverley when the penny dropped halfway through the race, she’s going in the right direction and should break her maiden tag before long.





I was delighted to win the Go Racing in Yorkshire Apprentice Series, i didnt think i was in the running but it turns out all the frustrating 2nd places I was getting counted for something!

    I come from a little town in the Scottish Borders called Hawick. As a kid my first love was Rugby and my ambition to play for Scotland. That dream seemed to get further and further away from me as I watched all my Rugby mates get bigger and bigger. The obvious thing to do was to stick to my pony Ginger (in more ways than one), he taught me a lot about staying on a horse. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with riding. I started helping out at Alistair Whillans yard, when he realised I couldn’t even lift the water buckets I’d been filling he bravely let me loose on the gallop when I was 13. I got the bug from then on and will always be grateful for what I learned there and still go and ride out any chance I get. It was a family friend who put me in touch with Ann and George Duffield. I jumped at the chance of becoming their apprentice having spent a few school holidays on the yard. George is a massive help, meticulously going through every race, he gives me a lot of his time and I have the utmost respect for him and Ann.

    After we got all the yearling broken in and ridden away winter started off with a nice break in Abu Dhabi, for HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship. The festival consists of 12 arabian races around the world throughout the year, then the final is in November in Abu Dhabi. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Chantilly, San Francisco and Poland from this great initiative for young jockeys. I was meant to be representing Great Britain in the final but unfortunately the horse was pulled out the day before. The trip on the whole was a lot of fun (not to mention educational) and i met and caught up with some great people and real characters!

    Dr. George Wilson from Liverpools JMU was one these characters. His nutrional and exercise plan has helped me no end to getting my weight under control for the season ahead. It is easy to let your weight creep up when you take your eye off the ball or when things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped. But getting it back down isn’t quite as easy. Friend and jockey coach Phil Kinsella is a great help to me, always on the other end of the phone for advice or just to keep my head straight.

    Rides can be few and far between at this time of the year but i have had a busier January than in previous years so hopefully that’s a good sign of things to come. My aims for the season ahead are abviously to ride as many winners as possible but on top of that to improve as much as i can and make some long lasting contacts to set me up for seasons ahead. It would be nice to win this series again.

    We have an exciting bunch of 2 year-olds at Sun Hill for 2017. My pick of the colts is Shades Of Mist, by Lilbourne Lad out of Talqaa he’s big strong lad with a bit of growing to do yet but has shown a bit on the gallop so far and has a good attitude. My pick of the filly’s would have to be Clifftop Dancer, by Canford Cliffs out of Dance To The Top. She’s not the biggest but she’s sharp, well put together and also has the right attitude. The two older horses i’m most looking forward to riding are Ajman Prince for the Whillans’, he can be quite quirky at home and before the race but has shown good ability and i’m hopeful there will be more to come from him on the track this year. The other horse i’m looking forward to riding is the 9 year-old Bertiewhittle of Mr. Barron’s, he has given me two winners at York so far. Racing at York is always very competitive, everyone wants winners at this prestigious track.

Whte Rose Saddlery Future Stars Apprentice Series winner Rowan Scott
Whte Rose Saddlery Future Stars Apprentice Series winner Rowan Scott

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2013 – Gary Mahon
(attached to Tim Easterby)

2014 – Megan Carberry
(attached to Brian Ellison)

2015 – Josh Doyle (attached to David OMeara)



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