apprentice

To compensate for their initial lack of experience and success in comparison to fully licensed jockeys, young jockeys claim a weight allowance at the beginning of their career and ride as “Apprentices” on the Flat or “Conditionals” under National Hunt Rules.

Eligible applicants for an Apprentice or Conditional jockeys licence must be aged over 16 – but under 26 years. The Apprentice and Conditional training courses are only available to those in full-time, paid employment of a Licensed Trainer.

All application forms for a Jockey’s licence can now be found and completed online through the BHA website, click here for more information.

Key benefits that the Trainer is contracted to provide:

•    Whilst the Conditional has the right to claim a 7lb allowance and the Apprentice a 7lb and 5lb allowance under the Rules of Racing, the Trainer undertakes to pay at least half the jockey’s racing expenses. Racing expenses means those reasonable expenses incurred by the Jockey when travelling for the purposes of riding in races as follows:

a) mileage allowance of 22.5p per authorised mile when using their own car. To download an Apprentice/Conditional mileage claim form, click here.
b) public or private transportation on production of receipts. 50% payable by each party.
c) Jockeys’ Valets. 50% payable by each party.
d) 50% of the amount of the premium for private medical insurance after any contribution to the premium cost made by  the Injured Jockeys Fund.

•    The Trainer undertakes to provide the Apprentice/Conditional with such equipment as deemed necessary by the Apprentice/Conditional acting reasonably to carry out his duties as a jockey which for the avoidance of doubt must include:

a) skullcap (to conform with Rules (D)36, (C)25 and Schedule (D)2 )
b) breeches
c) goggles
d) body protector (to conform with Rule (C)25 and Schedule (D)2)
e) whip (to conform with Schedule (D)2)

The equipment will be replaced by the Trainer at the Trainer’s expense as and when required provided that the Trainer will not replace lost equipment or damaged equipment where such damage has been caused by wilful act or negligence of the employee, save where such equipment is deemed personal protective equipment.

   

Riding Fee Split

Expenses

Prize Money

Licence Claim Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer %
Apprentice 7lbs 50 50 50 50 50 50
Apprentice 5lbs 55 45 50 50 50 50
Apprentice 3lbs 80 20 100 0 50 50

 

   

Riding Fee Split

Expenses

Prize Money

Licence Claim Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer % Jockey % Trainer %
Conditional 7lbs 50 50 50 50 100 0
Conditional 5lbs 100 0 100 0 100 0
Conditional 3lbs 100 0 100 0 100 0

 

If your trainer is not meeting these obligations please contact the PJA.