Last Conditional Jockeys Licence Course of 2017

The Conditional Jockey’s Licence Course coming up next month (4-15 September) at the BRS is the last of 2017 so the BHA wants to make sure trainers are aware that this is their last option for new Conditionals looking to attend the course and be licensed this year. There are still places available at the moment.

  • All new Conditionals (or those currently holding Category ‘A’ Amateur Permits who wish to become Conditional) are required to attend the full 2-week Course (plus Pre-Assessment beforehand);
  • Those holding Category ‘B’ Amateur Permits who wish to “advance” to Conditional status are required to attend the second week of this Licence Course (from 11th to 15th September).
  • Any questions should be directed to Licensing Team at the BHA on 0207 152 0145.

Staff accompanying horses to sales

With the sales season approaching, we have had enquiries from trainers about paying expenses to staff when they accompany horses to the sales.

Even where the sales are at racecourses, the subsidised raceday canteens are not likely to be open and staff may be paying full rates for meals and drinks.  Trainers should ensure that staff are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses at sales; the tax free element of the daily allowances authorised by HMRC only applies to “going racing” and so the best practice for sales days would be to pay expenses against receipts given to you by staff. Alternatively you could advance staff an allowance and ask them to provide receipts for any money spent and the balance returned.

Jump Jockeys Seminars

All trainers who employ a 3lb and 5lb claiming Conditional jockey should note that the mandatory Jump Jockeys Seminars take place on Tuesday 26th September at Hilton Hotel, Warwick and Wednesday 18th October at Mercure Hotel, Wetherby.

Jockeys should have received a letter about the seminars, which start at 9.30am prompt.

Late arrivals and non-attendees will be required to submit their reasons in writing to the Disciplinary Department.

Please ensure your Conditional jockey has booked on to one of the seminars by Friday 25th August.

Stud and Stable Staff Award nominations now open

With a plethora of events happening to mark Racing Staff Week, it might have escaped some people’s notice that nominations opened on Saturday 8th July 2017 for the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

The awards, now in their 14th year, recognise and reward the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution of racing’s 6,000 stud and stable staff. Sponsored by Godolphin and run by the BHA in association with the Racing Post, the Awards offer more than £120,000 in prize money with up to £40,000 available to a single yard or stud.

The opening of the nomination window was timed to coincide with the final day of Racing Staff Week 2017. Nominations, which can be made online here, will close on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Congratulations to best turned out grooms at Windsor

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the racing grooms who made such great efforts to compete for the Best Turned Out Groom awards at Windsor Racecourse last night (Monday 3rd July.)

Congratulations to the following winners:

First race : Ivana Slulavikova  (Tom Clover’s team)

Second race : Rawat Singh (Patrick Chammings’ team)

Third race : James Harding (Johnny Portman’s team)

Fourth race : Michelle Marsh (Jonjo O’Neill’s team)

Fifth race : Dina Heggum (Jeremy Noseda’s team)

Sixth race : Muka Iqbal (Eve Johnson Houghton’s team)

Seventh : Malik Kash (Ed Walker’s team)

There was a great atmosphere and we are glad you all enjoyed it.

The Best Turned Out Grooms Awards were donated by the NTF to celebrate #RacingStaffWeek

NTF supports Racing Staff Week with new award and prizes


For Stable Staff Week last year the NTF enabled its members to say a big Thank You to all the dedicated people who care for the horses at the centre of our great sport.

This year, to support Racing Welfare’s Racing Staff Week, we are creating a new way for aspirational racing staff to develop their career path with the launch of The Toby Balding Award for development and training.  The £4,000  award funded by the National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) from a donation made by the Swire Trust in memory of Toby Balding, will be presented to a member of stable staff who demonstrates a desire to further his or her career and to train for a higher level qualification or undertake personal development training.

Toby Balding was a great supporter of anyone looking to make their way in horseracing so the annual award named after him offers an exciting opportunity for ambitious employees in British racing yards to widen their knowledge and train to acquire new skills. We would encourage all trainers to embrace this award by supporting those loyal members of their staff to apply and help them advance to a more senior role. There is more detail in the document linked at the end of this article. For further details on how to apply please email

Toby Balding Award for Career Development

BEST TURNED OUT GROOMS – Windsor on Monday 3rd July 

In a further show of our support for Racing Staff week, the NTF is giving a cash prize to the ‘Best Turned Out Groom’ (yes – groom, not horse) in each race at Windsor’s evening meeting on Monday 3rd July. Whilst the preparation of horses for the paddock is always a priority, we would like to show our appreciation to Racing Grooms who take pride in their personal appearance including suitability of footwear for the job.

The best turned out groom in each race will receive a £40 prize and their photo will be shown on our new website when it is launched


Check your pension statement to avoid unnecessary costs

The NTF Friends Life June pension statements showing contributions being deducted from trainer’s accounts are currently in the process of being sent out by Weatherbys. Trainers who are now using an auto enrollment scheme for stable employee pensions, do not have to continue contributing to the Friends Life scheme.

For trainers who have completed auto enrollment, it is vital to check these statements to ensure no monies are being collected for the Friends Life scheme for employees within your auto enrollment scheme.  If when you check your sheet you see any contributions which should not be deducted, then contact Weatherbys immediately since once the monies have been transferred to Friends Life they cannot be refunded.