Amy Scott has won the Betfair Racing Excellence Training Series by a decisive 12 points from runner-up Dale Swift, overcoming 64 Apprentice Jockeys in the 12 race contest.
With 60 points, Amy proved an impressive winner landing two race wins during the summer series. Third and fourth place went to Adam Beschizza and Ryan Clark on 41 and 40 points respectively.
Part of Racing Excellence, the Betfair Apprentice Training Series started on 3rd May and ended with the series final at Newmarket on Friday 29th October. Throughout the series the young Apprentices were mentored by Jockey Coaches who attended each race to provide expert tuition in race riding, tactics, fitness, professionalism and conduct.
Points are awarded to jockeys for winning or being placed as well as for jockey skills, professionalism and conduct. The series are recognised by Trainers and Owners as an important element of a young jockey’s race riding career development.
Scott, who is apprentice to trainer Henry Candy, received the Series trophy from former jockey and Betfair representative Nathan Horrocks following her success. She said: “I feel I have really benefited from taking part in this race series, having the support of a Jockey Coach has developed my riding skills and my confidence immensely.”
Tony Calvin, spokesman for series’ sponsor Betfair, commented:
‘We are delighted that Amy is the latest jockey to have won our apprentice title. It is much deserved.
“We will speak to Amy and arrange a working holiday abroad with a top trainer – worth at least £3.5k but far more in terms of experience and opportunity – that will hopefully propel her career forward yet again.”
Sam Martin, Industry Training and Welfare Associate for the British Horseracing Authority, added:
“The Racing Excellence Series offer vital support for young jockeys; these training races provide an invaluable opportunity to develop their skills both on and off the track. We are grateful to Betfair for their continued commitment.”