Hands and Heels Jump Series comes to a dramatic end this weekend

Ayr Racecourse will host the Scottish Grand National on Saturday, however it will also see the conclusion of the Hands & Heels Jump Series. There has been a mix of 49 Conditional and Amateur riders taking part in the series this year. This included Sean Houlihan, conditional to Philip Hobbs & Charlie Hammond conditional to Dr Richard Newland. The pair battled closely throughout the series, leaving them just two points apart going into the final day.

Throughout the 12 race series, jockeys are awarded points for walking the course and place points. The Jockey Coach also has the opportunity to give points to the jockey of the day, for this they need to show professionalism, conduct themselves well and demonstrate good riding skills. In the final on Saturday, jockeys will be awarded place points only, 1st place – 5pts, 2nd place – 3pts, 3rd place – 2pts and 4th place – 1 pt. Jockeys riding in the hands and heels races may carry a stick and are allowed to pull the stick through but are not allowed to use it for encouragement. However, in this final race of the series, only win and place points will be up for grabs.

Racing Excellence runs alongside the Jockey Coaching Programme (JCP) and is the industry accreditation for all apprentice and conditional races which run under hands and heels or training race conditions. The winner of the Hand and Heels Series will collect a £1000 prize of their choice to be used towards developing their career. Previous winners of the series include Mr James King, Harry Cobden and Sean Bowen.

For more information on Racing Excellence or the Jockey Coaching Programme please contact, Polly Greco, polly.greco@brs.org.uk or 01638 669039