Tom Halliday Memorial Scholarship to be awarded at next Rasen meeting

Market Rasen Racecourse is to award the 2013 Tom Halliday Memorial Scholarship to the winning rider in a hurdle race for conditional jockeys on Saturday April 27.

The award was introduced as a positive way of remembering young jockey Tom Halliday who died after a fall at the track in July 2005, and has the full support of Tom’s family. Past winners have included Phil Kinsella, Tom’s brother James and, in 2012, Ollie Garner.

This year, for the first time, the award won’t be decided by a panel based on nominations. It will instead be given to the winning rider in the SEP Events Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle to be run on the final day of the 2012-13 jump racing season.

The award offers a young conditional jockey benefits including advice on schooling, nutrition and media as well as sponsorship from the racecourse for 12 months.

Pip Kirkby, general manager of Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “The meeting on the final day of the season has always been one where we have staged races for conditional jockeys and given them a chance to be in the spotlight. We decided it would be a good idea to increase that even further by awarding the scholarship to the winner of one of those races.

“We have worked very closely with the Northern Racing College on the Tom Halliday Scholarship and were thrilled when one of their graduates, Ryan Mania, won the John Smith’s Grand National on Auroras Encore.”

Racing on Saturday April 27 is between 1.55pm and 5.20pm. Gates open just before midday.

On-the-day admission (discounts available for advance purchase): Family Enclosure £7.50; Tattersalls £16; County Enclosure £22. Students and senior citizens save up to £4 off admission. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Call 0844 579 3009 to book general admission. More information is at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk.