(By Glenn Watson)
The stage has been cleared for the apprentice claimers in the coming weeks as the senior riding ranks in the North thin out.
Matthew Cameron has already gone abroad to escape the New Zealand winter and Jonathan Riddell has his bags packed for a month-long stay with his mum in Ireland.
Cameron is expected back in a couple of weeks.
Opie Bosson, who broke his sternum in a race fall, plans to holiday in England with his family.
On the injury list is Troy Harris while Jason Waddell and Danielle Johnson won’t return to race-riding until the new season.