Apprentice jockeys miss rides due to training course
The BHA has defended the scheduling of a mandatory course for apprentice jockeys that forced some young riders to miss Tuesday's meeting at Southwell.
With no Flat racing taking place in Britain on Monday, some have questioned why the one-day Apprentice Continuation Course, which was held at the British Racing School in Newmarket on Tuesday, could not have taken place 24 hours earlier.
At least two 7lb claimers were left frustrated they had to turn down valuable rides at Southwell as a result of their obligation to attend the course, but the BHA claimed it had not been possible to schedule it for the previous day.
Spokesman Joe Rendall added: "The BHA and British Racing School aim to ensure licensing and training courses are as convenient as possible for riders to attend and will take on board any feedback from attendees when reviewing future course dates."
The course is a continuation from an apprentices' Licence Course and covers areas such as rules and regulations, diet and nutrition, the media and sport psychology in depth.
Tuesday's session was staged specifically for 7lb claimers and was scheduled with a number of factors taken into consideration, such as racing in the area and the availability of facilities, a combination of which served to make Monday unavailable.
Thursday April 13 is the only other day this month with a single Flat meeting, and with that being at Chelmsford, as opposed to Southwell, it was felt Tuesday was the better option given the relative proximity of the jockey population in Newmarket to both courses.