The final race of the Racing Excellence Hands and Heels All Weather Series was run at Lingfield Park on Saturday 19th March. Lucy Barry was a clear winner having won 3 of the 10 All Weather races.
Apprenticed to Clive Cox in Lambourn, Lucy, who started out as amateur jump jockey, was thrilled to win the series and is looking forward to her future race-riding career. Lucy was presented with her trophy by Kieren Fallon, and receives £1000 worth of riding equipment and coaching.
Lady apprentices have been dominating Racing Excellence with a 60% strike rate, winning 3 out of 5 of the 2010-2011 flat series. Lucy joins Sophie Sylvester and Amy Scott who were winners of the Haydock Park Training Series and the Betfair Apprentice Training Series.
Sam Martin, Training Welfare and Community Associate for the British Horseracing Authority, said:
“It is great to see lady apprentices doing so well in these series, and they are proving that they have the necessary all round skills to be fantastic jockeys.”
Michael Tebbut, Jockey Coach to Lucy Barry, said:
“Lucy is a credit to herself. She has worked hard to improve, she asks lots of questions and takes on board the feedback given. It is no fluke she won the series and it was thoroughly deserved.”
Racing Excellence is the industry accreditation for all race series supported by a qualified jockey coach that are run under Hands and Heels or Training Race conditions. It has long been recognised that inexperienced jockeys benefit from structured coaching when race-riding to improve and develop their skills.
Jockey Coaches attend these races and provide expert tuition in race riding, tactics and fitness. Points are awarded to jockeys for winning or being placed as well as for jockey skills, professionalism and conduct. The jockey with the most points wins the respective series. The series are recognised by racehorse trainers and owners as an important element of a young jockey’s race-riding career development.