Shadwell to sponsor Salisbury apprentice series

Posted on: 2nd May 2017

Shadwell Stud has taken over the sponsorship of Salisbury’s long-established apprentice jockeys’ series, resulting in the winner’s prize-money rising to £1,500.

The five-race event, which was established in 1996 and is now part of the BHA’s racing excellence initiative, will launch on May 15 for riders who have not ridden more than 15 winners. Last year’s winner was Lulu Stanford.

Gail Brown, a director at Salisbury. said: “We are thrilled to have the support of Shadwell Stud and are very grateful to Sheikh Hamdan for generously agreeing to sponsor the series. It means that we can stage the Class 5 races at an increased value of £7,000 from the original plan of £5,250. The Class 6 is already at the maximum of £5,000.

“The jockeys’ prizes have increased as well, with the overall series winner now receiving £1,500, the runner-up £1,000 and the third £500. We are looking forward to the first race in a few weeks’ time.”

Prize-money at Salisbury, which hosts its first meeting today, has been increased by six per cent to £1.1 million across 16 fixtures. No race will be worth less than £5,000 and every meeting will have a feature race worth at least £12,000.

In addition the British Stallion Studs EBF Quidhampton Fillies’ Maiden Stakes, the renowned September maiden for two-year-olds, has been increased in value to £20,000, from £12,000 last year when it was won by Poet’s Vanity, who went on to win the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes.

Jeremy Martin, Salisbury’s executive director and clerk of the course, said: “What is significant about this race is that even at £20,000 it will be eligible to divide, which it nearly always does, after an agreement was reached with the BHA and the European Breeders’ Fund.”

Shadwell Stud Director, Richard Lancaster added: “Shadwell are delighted to be sponsoring the Apprentice Series. We strongly support series that encourage young people, who are so important to the future of our sport.”

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