The nine finalists for this year’s JETS Richard Davis Awards have been announced and the winners will be announced on Racing TV this Thursday.
This year represents an exciting opportunity to showcase the diversity of second careers that former jockeys go on to enjoy as well as the huge efforts being made by current jockeys in their Continued Personal Development despite what has been an obviously interrupted year for racing.
The Awards will be hosted from 4pm on Racing TV for the first time in a show presented by Niall Hannity, himself a former Richard Davis Award winner, and former Classic-winning jockey George Baker. The programme will feature films and interviews with the victors.
“It is a shame we can’t host a physical event however we are so pleased that the pandemic has not prevented a brilliant set of entries for the Richard Davis Awards and we are grateful for the continued support from our sponsors,” Lisa Delany, JETS Manager, said.
“Jockeys need to show huge resilience, passion and determination in their riding careers and it is clear that those attributes stand them in good stead for their second careers too. We are delighted that Racing TV has stepped in to host the Awards and we’re looking forward to showcasing the career development of jockeys to a wide audience.”
She added: “The Richard Davis Awards are important in raising awareness of the good work of JETS and acknowledging those jockeys who have gone on to forge successful second careers thanks to JETS.
Ian Kevan, Channel Editor, at Racing TV, said: “The Richard Davis Awards are important in raising awareness of the good work of JETS and acknowledging those jockeys who have gone on to forge successful second careers thanks to JETS. We have been delighted to support JETS over the years, including via our media traineeships, and we look forward to doing the awards justice.”
The Jockey Club Achievement Award, worth £3,000 to the winner and is designed for those jockeys who have significantly achieved in pursuing their new chosen careers. Two runners-up receive £500 each. The three finalists are:
Ollie Garner – Owner, Cotswold Forage
Kylie Manser-Baines – Firefighter & Retraining of Racehorses
John Pritchard – Owner, Charbel Blinds
IJF Progress Award
The IJF Progress Award, worth £2,000 to the winner, rewards the early progress of those jockeys who have more recently started out on a new career/training path. The finalists are:
Saleem Golam – Barbering
Jordan Vaughan – Farriery
Samuel Welton – Structural Engineering
BHA Current Jockey CPD Award
The BHA Current Jockey CPD Award, worth £1,000 to the winner, was introduced in 2017 for currently licensed jockeys who have shown real commitment to their CPD (Continued Personal Development) whilst riding or during injury time out in order to enhance their development as a jockey or to assist with their dual career development. The finalists are:
Gavin Ashton – Apprentice to Ian Williams
Gaia Boni – Apprentice to William Jarvis
Thomas Willmott – Conditional to Lucinda Russell
The JETS Richard Davis Awards are named in memory of the late Richard Davis who had started planning for his future before his fatal race fall in 1996.
JETS is jointly funded from jockeys’ own prize money contributions and The Injured Jockeys Fund. It continues to experience a high level of demand for its services and now typically issues over £80,000 in training grants and scholarships annually.
Since its inception in 1995, jockeys and the IJF have together invested well over £3.2 million in the scheme which has helped over 1000 current and former jockeys with career advice and training in new skills, and assisted over 430 individuals in gaining employment after race-riding.
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