Sean Houlihan wins the Hands & Heels Series

The 2017/18 Hands & Heels Jump Series came to a conclusion over the weekend as young amateur jockey Sean Houlihan was crowned champion. He beat his closet rival, Charlie Hammond by 2 just points. The pair had battled closely over the whole campaign with Houlihan winning by a nose.

Houlihan is a conditional to Philip Hobbs & Charlie Hammond conditional to Dr Richard Newland. Throughout the 12 race series, jockeys are awarded points for walking the course and place points. The Jockey Coach also has the chance to give points to the jockey of the day, for this they need to show professionalism, conduct themselves well and demonstrate good riding skills. Fergus Gregory came in third while Mr A Anderson & Mr L Williams made up the rest of the top 5.

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. Now Houlihan is crowned the winner of the Hands and Heels Series he will collect a £1000 prize of his choice to be used for his developing career. Previous winners of the series were Mr James King, Harry Cobden & Jack Sherwood.

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