I have had lots of enquiries about the Apprentice Jockeys who ride racehorses whilst claiming and allowance based on the amount of winners they ride. An Apprentice in the UK can claim 7lbs until they have ridden 20 winners, 5 lbs until they have ridden 50 winners and 3lbs until they have ridden 95 winners. After riding 95 winners their claim is zero and that can be a major problem for Apprentices.
Let’s take jockey Cam Hardie as just one example because I think Cam Hardie is a name we all can relate to but we haven’t seen much of him this Flat Season. Let’s look at Cam’s situation so often typical of what affect these good apprentices but when they have lost their claim life can be ‘not so good’.
Having owned several racehorses I know that apprentices claims can be very helpful when your horse, as an owner, is at the wrong end of the handicappers ratings. Everyone wants the good claiming apprentices but when they lose their allowance they are often forgotten and fall by the wayside.
Cam Hardie was an apprentice with Richard Hannon in the 2015/16 season and rode 39 winners from 488 rides, in 2014 Cam rode 59 winners from 588 rides. Since 2015/2016 Cam has had 31 winners from about 743 rides in almost two seasons… he isn’t getting the mounts he was getting when claiming an allowance.
Cam Hardie is not the only lad falling foul of the system we have in the UK but lads like Carl Lowther and Lee Newman have now gone out of the sport.
It’s very difficult but I think the Apprentice Jockey Claim and General Employment situation is clearly something The British Horseracing Board should show more interest in and revitalise the Industry plans for assisting and promoting these promising young riders.
I would like to see these younger jockeys getting support from the top of the sport and not just used and abused by trainers who kick them up the backside when exhausting their riding claim allowances. Trainers and Owners show some loyalty to these young riders… if you know what Loyalty actually is!
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