Go Racing In Yorkshire runs an apprentice series.
The Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series is back for 2021!
Nurturing and encouraging talent is key to the continued sustainability of racing and Go Racing In Yorkshire, supported by White Rose Saddlery, is proud to promote a series for apprentice jockeys, The Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series.
The 10 race series begins at Doncaster in March with a race at each Yorkshire course, before returning to Doncaster for the final in November. Points are awarded as follows;
|1st||18 points||4th||3 points|
|2nd||9 points||5th||2 points|
|3rd||6 points||6th||1 point|
Doncaster – Saturday 27th March
Ripon – Thursday 15th April
Pontefract – Wednesday 28th April
Beverley – Tuesday 22nd June
Redcar – Sunday 18th July
Thirsk – Friday 6th August
York – Sunday 6th September
Catterick – Saturday 16th October
FINAL – Doncaster – Saturday 6th November
Our last winner was Kieran Schofield, who is also the first person to win the series back-to-back. Not from a racing background, Kieran has always been a keen sportsman and had football trials with some top clubs, however once it was clear that his future lay else where he was encouraged to try racing due to his size and height and attended the National Horseracing College.
Kieran has since gained experienced in several different Yorkshire yards and also had a valuable three months in America with legendary Yorkshireman Michael Dickinson. He is currently attached to the Malton yard of Brian Ellison. Read Kieran’s blog here.
Round 3 – Pontefract
Report written by Paddy Aspell
Sean’s good for the Soul
With the Qipco Guineas meeting set to take centre stage at racing HQ this weekend, The Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series round three was the only race at the forefront of the six apprentices eagerly chasing points in the concluding contest on Wednesday afternoon, this time Pontefract was the venue.
Series leader Oisin McSweeney was hoping to increase his advantage as Saffie Osborne currently lying in the silver medal position, didn’t have a mount, but rode a fantastic double at Ascot instead.
A few new names featured in the line up of just six for this handicap, run over a very fast but stiff five furlongs. As expected the underfoot conditions were on the quick side and a strong early pace looked on the cards.
The theme that was hopefully obvious to each rider as the afternoon wore on, was that in front was the place to be and early race fractions were holding up very well.
This was something that certainly didn’t pass Soul Seekers pilot and the excellent Sean Kirrane had his mount out sharp and into stride from his inside draw in stall one. The pair were kept honest on the front end by Billy Garritty on the favourite, recent course and distance winner Ventura Express.
Despite having to carry plenty of weight, Kirrane’s partner gave generously for pressure off the home turn and although brushing against the running rail briefly, the pair always had matters in hand to get home a length and a quarter too good for the favourite at the line.
David O’Meara the winning trainer, has not for the first time picked up horses from the master of Rosewell house, trainer Dermot Weld and done extremely well with them. Soul Seeker was having just his eighth start and followed up on a good debut for his new handler, enjoying the better ground.
Let’s hope the winning rider can keep the momentum going after a long enforced absence due to a shoulder issue, which has now hopefully been put behind him.
Oisin did manage to finish fourth, picking up four points to keep him at the head of proceedings for the time being.
The next round doesn’t come along until Tuesday 22nd June at Beverley, but maybe, ground permitting, will provide a bigger field and more opportunities for the young riders to secure valuable points in this excellent series.
Round 2 – Ripon
Report written by Paddy Aspell
Saffie looks Dapper
Ripon hosted the second round of the Future Stars Apprentice Series over the undulating flying five furlongs.
Although a very generous prize was on offer, just the seven runners took their chance on ground described as good. With neither of the leaders having a ride in this round, Oisin Mcsweeney had the opportunity to take the advantage and on this occasion had the leg up on Abate for Thirsk trainer Adrian Nicholls.
A high draw on the straight track is very often favourable at this North Yorkshire venue and that is just what Dapper Man had, with the very talented Saffie Osborne, who recently returned from serious injuries following a fall at Windsor last year, taking the ride.
Roger Fell’s gelding was making his second appearance in this race and he held his draw accordingly, breaking sharp and getting out on the front end of proceedings. Although showing plenty of early dash, the seven year old son of Dark Angel didn’t make life easy for his pilot by consistently hanging right away from the desired stands side running rail.
Saffie showed her experience by keeping her mount going forward to the best of her ability despite her mount drifting towards the far side rail and in the process covering more ground than required. As the line drew closer, Dapper Man faced opposition from both sides and despite his wayward tendencies throughout the contest, the pair held on to win by a length and a half from the rallying Abate.
The winning rider, who has evented to a high level on the international circuit, is certainly bred to be capable in the saddle and the early signs are very promising indeed. This latest success takes her straight on into second place on 20 points, just one behind early pacesetter, the Kevin Ryan based apprentice Mcsweeney.
Pontefract is set to stage the next round in this exciting series on Wednesday 28th April. Good luck to all riders involved as we follow their careers with great interest.
Round 1 – Doncaster, Two Divisions
Saturday saw not only the return of the flat turf season at Doncaster, but also the return of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series, supported by White Rose Saddlery.
Being oversubscribed at the declaration stage the race was split into two divisions. The first division was won by Rhys Clutterbuck, riding Leroy Leroy for Epsom based Jim Boyle.
Leroy Leroy was settled towards the rear of the field as the running was made by the Keith Dalgleish trained Finally Mine and Saffie Osborne. By halfway, Rhys had squeezed Leroy Leroy closer to mid division and, on the outside, had a clear view ahead of them.
As runners turned into the home straight to cover the last half mile, the field began to bunch together as the young riders jostled for position. Johnathan Fisher, riding Visibility for Scott Dixon was the first to make a challenge at the same time as Rhys let the brakes off Leroy Leroy and the pair set sail for home.
He quickly made an impression, before looking to hang slightly, however Rhys quickly got him back on track and the first five had a real ding dong to the line, with Leroy Leroy and Rhys getting the better of Engles Rock and Oisin McSweeney by a head and a short head back to William Carver riding Le Bayou.
Division two saw Callum Hutchinson, the son of former jump jockey Wayne, land the spoils for Ed De Giles on Francisco Bay, beating Phoenix Aquilus by three quarters of a length. Phoenix Aquilus was ridden by Benoit De La Sayette who had won the Unibet Lincoln earlier in the day.
In similar fashion to division one, Francisco Bay was held up towards the back and outside of the field. Approaching the home turn, the first two, Motahassen riding by Zak Wheatley and Party Island ridden by George Bass had a near 10 length advantage.
With two furlongs to go the chase was on and a strong drive from Callum encouraged Francisco Bay to pick up and make ground as the front two started to drop back. A strong challenge came from Phoenix Aquilus, but Francisco Bay wasn’t going to be denied.
It was wonderful to see so many apprentices taking place and we look forward to seeing a renewed match at the next race in the series at Ripon on Thursday 15th April.