The New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) have recognised a way to fill their shortage of track riders with the help of Noelle Supple as reported here. Noelle has helped run a number of joint PRA/PC training days in the UK but is now the Operations Manager at NZTR and has come up with this pilot scheme based on our formula. The aim is to build a relationship with the New Zealand pony clubs to introduce them to the racing industry – using the PRA as an example.
We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing how the pilot scheme goes.
Ella McCain has hit the ground running and ridden a winner in her first ride under rules. Her elder sister, Abbie, has recently ridden a double and is now being hotly pursued by Ella. (read more)
Other pony racing graduates making the news recently include Hector Crouch, coming off a 4 timer at Lingfield (read more), then went on to ride a 100/1 winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
George Wood and Hollie Doyle are currently in the top 10 Apprentice Jockeys with Callum Shepherd, Joshua Bryan and William Cox all making names for themselves. Tom Marquand and Josephine Gordon are flying the flag among the professionals on the flat.
The 2017/18 National Hunt season is getting going and there are a number of young jockeys who all started in pony racing to look out for this season including the James Bowen, Harry Cobden and Charlie Deutsch.
There is no doubt that pony racing is helping our home grown jockeys make their mark earlier; they’ve had a chance to make their mistakes pony racing and their experience is really beginning to show among the professional ranks.