In an effort to improve the level of success among the last three batch of apprentices at Caymanas Park, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) has decided to make changes to the present claiming allowances for these apprentices.
As a result, the JRC has decided to amend Rule number 76 of the racing rules which relates to the claiming allowances for apprentices.
Under the previous rule, apprentices were allowed to claim 4 kilograms or 9 pounds until he or she has won 10 races; 3 kilos or 7 pounds for up to 30 winners and 2 kilos or 4 pounds until completion of a period of one year from the date on which he or she won his 30th race or the expiration of the 3 year apprenticeship period.
Apprentices who have won fewer than 20 races will now be allowed to claim 4 kilograms; while those winning between 20 and 40 races will be allowed to claim 3 kilos and those with 40-60 wins, 2 kilos.
In the meantime, president of the jockey's guild of Jamaica Shane Ellis has welcomed the changes, but noted that the 2019 batch of apprentices were put into racing too quickly on the heels of the previous group which began riding a year earlier.
The 2018 batch of apprentices had 21 graduates including the current champion jockey Christopher Mamdeen, while last year's batch had a total of 19.
The legal process to approve the amendment is now well advanced and the changes are expected to take effect soon.