Additional Race for Stable Staff in Racing Staff Week, 1st – 8th July 2017

Celebrating the role of Racing’s Workforce for the Second Year
Sponsored by Betfair

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 Following on from the popularity of last year’s charity race exclusively for stable staff, the Betfair Clock Tower Cup, at Doncaster, a second race for staff is being organised at Lingfield Park in 2017.  The two races will enable staff from flat and jumps yards to be nominated to ride by their trainers in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

The Betfair Three Feathers Cup will launch the 2017 Racing Staff Week and take place at Lingfield Park on Saturday 1st July over 1 mile 4 furlongs.  The Betfair Clock Tower Cup, over 7 furlongs at Doncaster on Friday 7th July, will be the feature of the Racing Welfare Charity Raceday which includes a special fundraising lunch.

Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, said the Surrey course was delighted to be supporting Racing Staff Week with the additional race:  “This will take place on one of our celebrated Hooves & Grooves nights with an Abba tribute band playing after racing, so we hope for a big crowd to watch the stable staff experience the thrill of race riding.”

Racing Staff Week is again generously sponsored by Betfair who will also sponsor the two stable staff races. Betfair will once more fund a scholarship prize to the winner of the race to attend a course at the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College to undertake an Amateur Jockeys Licence course or another course which will help them to progress their career within the racing industry.

Racing Staff Week aims to bring the racing industry together to inform and engage horseracing followers and supporters about the passion, skill and dedication required to work with racehorses. The success of the inaugural Stable Staff Week in 2016 has prompted unanimous support from the Racing industry to build on the first year and deliver another week of activities that will put racing staff in the spotlight.

The week has been renamed Racing Staff Week to reflect that Racing Welfare supports all of Racing’s workforce and the week will applaud and highlight the role of all racing staff, including stud staff and racecourse groundstaff.

The initiative, developed by Racing Welfare, in collaboration with the Racing industry, will again celebrate the role of racing’s workforce as well as generate awareness and funds for the charity.

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare comments: “Last year’s Stable Staff Week was an outstanding success in terms of engaging the whole industry and the media to celebrate the role of stable staff week and increasing awareness about Racing Welfare.  We are extremely grateful to Betfair for their continued support and look forward to working with the industry to make Racing Staff Week 2017 even better.”

James Midmer, Betfair’s Head of Communications adds:  “We were delighted to support the inaugural ‘Stable Staff Week’ last year and look forward to continuing this into ‘Racing Staff Week’ in 2017. Racing Welfare play a hugely important role supporting all areas of the Sport, and we are always impressed with the talent, drive and commitment shown in raising awareness of the role played by racing staff.”

To register interest in taking part in either of the Stable Staff Races, or about taking a table at the lunch on the 7th July, please contact Mary-Ann Sandercock 07790 844887 or email msandercock@racingwelfare.co.uk.

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