Search is on for annual riding scholar

MARKET Rasen Racecourse has launched its annual search for the young jockey who will be the new Tom Halliday Memorial Scholar.

The award is named in memory of Tom Halliday, who died in 2005 at the age of 20 after a fall at the track, and is given with the full support of the Halliday family.

The scholarship – with support from the Northern Racing College in Doncaster - is designed to give a promising young rider a ‘leg up’ in his or her career, and it is hoped the winner will be seen in action riding at Market Rasen Racecourse throughout the year.

Through the award, a rising conditional jump racing jockey is sponsored by the racecourse and receives support and advice in areas such as schooling, nutrition and media training from acknowledged experts.

The racecourse is now asking the public, as well as racing professionals, to nominate suitable candidates.

Managing director of Market Rasen Racecourse Pip Kirkby said: “Everyone at the racecourse has been delighted with the success of this award as a positive memorial to Tom and it means a lot to those who receive it.

“Our racegoers at Market Rasen are knowledgeable and supportive and I hope they, as well as trainers, jockeys and others in the sport, will nominate potential scholars.

“The most important thing, to us, is that the recipient comes from an area where he or she would hope to pick up rides at Market Rasen during the year.”

Anyone is welcome to send in a nomination by email to pip.kirkby@jockeyclubracecourses.com or by letter to Market Rasen Racecourse, Legsby Road, Market Rasen LN8 3EA.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, September 19, with the name of the new scholar announced at the racecourse’s Prelude fixture on September 24.