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Monday, April 23, 2007



BETFAIR TO SPONSOR APPRENTICE TRAINING RACE SERIES FOR SECOND YEAR




Betfair will sponsor the Apprentice Training Race Series for the second year. The series is part of the Jockeys Support System initiative developed by The British Racing School and the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST).

Betfair will again be giving the winner an all expenses paid working holiday with a leading world trainer, worth £5,000.

The Betfair Apprentice Training series, for 7lb claimers who have not ridden more than 20 winners at the start of the series, launches on the 25th April at Catterick and culminates at York on the 12th October.

In a new ruling introduced this year it will be a mandatory requirement for riders to walk the course approximately 90 minutes before the race with the Jockey Coach, (rider's can get dispensation if they have a valid reason as to why they cannot take part in the course walk, but they must inform the Jockey Coach in good time). They will also be required to attend a video review immediately after the race to appraise their performance and to receive advice from experienced professionals.


Tony Calvin, Betfair's Senior Press Officer, said: "Betfair is delighted to be sponsoring this series again and are proud to be involved in a programme which will be invaluable in developing the riding careers of young jockeys."

Richard Perham, Senior Jockey Coach at The British Racing School, said: "The Apprentice Training Races are a fundamental part of the structure to support young jockeys and we are very grateful for Betfair's sponsorship which has ensured that the race series will go ahead, and the prize of the working holiday will be a fantastic experience for the winning rider.

"The hands & heels series (for apprentices who have ridden less than 10 winners at the start of the series and where riders must not use their whips) has been so beneficial to 7lb claimers over the last two seasons and I am certain these training races, which are designed to be the next step up in terms of race riding experience, will be equally as important to the riders."


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