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

Celebrating the role of Racing’s Workforce for the Second Year
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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

Racecourses across the country show their support for Stable Staff Week

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Stable Staff Week runs from Monday 27th June – Saturday 2nd July, it celebrates the role of the unsung heroes of racing – the stable staff and all the other behind the scenes staff that play a vital role in the production of British Horseracing.

Racecourses with meetings during the week have proposed a range of initiatives to demonstrate their support of Stable Staff Week and give thanks to stable staff, whose role in caring for the 14,000 racehorses in training, is vital to the success of horseracing as a sport.

Jockey Club Racecourses are providing all grooms, travelling head lads and box drivers with a voucher for a free meal in their canteens throughout the week. This includes meetings at Kempton, Epsom Downs, Haydock Park, Sandown Park, Carlisle, Nottingham and Market Rasen.

All Arena Racing Company Racecourses are holding a free prize draw in the stable staff canteen to win a hamper at each track; this includes Windsor, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Chepstow, Bath, Worcester, Yarmouth and Doncaster. Furthermore, at Doncaster, the venue for the pinnacle of the week, the Betfair Clock Tower Cup stable staff charity race, every winning groom will receive a goody bag.

In Scotland, Perth Racecourse have timed the official opening of their Lodge Facility for stable staff to coincide with the week.  The Lodge will provide Perth’s travelling stable staff with quality accommodation and a canteen service in close proximity to the new stable yard on racedays in a magnificent timber-frame construction. Furthermore, Musselburgh Racecourse will be providing free food in the stable staff canteen, increased Best Turned Out prize money and Musselburgh bi-centenary glasses to winning grooms during their meeting on 27th June.

Pontefract Racecourse have incorporated a Racing Welfare ‘Lifetime in Racing’ award race into their card on Monday 27th. The race will recognise the incredible career of Rose Beattie who has worked in racing since 1969 and still continues part-time to this day.

In the South of the country, Newton Abbot racecourse will be doubling their Best Turned Out prizes to £100 for each winning groom as well as giving all staff who lead up a winner a commemorative jacket. Local Racing Welfare Welfare Officers will be attending on the day to meet staff. In Epsom, Racing Welfare staff will be in the stable staff canteen giving people the opportunity to meet new Epsom Welfare Officer Kathryn Ferguson. They will also be handing out bottles of water and cereal bars to staff at the trackside leading up at this evening music meeting.

Stratford Racecourse will be welcoming the EPDS Racing and Racing Welfare Best Turned Out series to their Tuesday 28th June Evening Meeting. The winning groom will take home a prize gilet, £50 and receive points towards the £1,000 end-of-year prize.

Caroline Davies, RCA Racecourse Services Director, said: “The RCA is delighted that so many racecourses have embraced Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week and are supporting it with some fantastic initiatives.

Without stable staff our sport simply wouldn’t exist and the whole week gives racecourses the ideal opportunity to promote the work of stable staff to their customers. This will offer racegoers a real insight into their work and daily routines, not only raising awareness but also hopefully inspiring the next generation of stable staff.”

Susannah Gill, Arena Racing Company Director of External Affairs said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stable Staff Week and really looking forward to hosting the the Betfair Clock Tower Cup which gives stable staff a unique chance to ride at Doncaster. We hope the whole day will help generate awareness of the amazing work stable staff do every day of the year while also raising funds for Racing Welfare.”

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Stable staff are vital to horseracing in Britain. This army of dedicated staff provides tremendous care for our racehorses and it’s great that Racing Welfare is drawing attention to that this week.  Jockey Club Racecourses is very happy to recognise the contribution stable staff make to our sport.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all of the racecourses, countrywide, who have offered their support to this exciting initiative. Stable Staff Week will not only help to give racegoers greater knowledge of the vital role of stable staff; it will also demonstrate to the staff who go racing just how much racecourses appreciate and acknowledge their effort”.

‘Paint Town Moor Purple’ for cancer charity evening this June


Racegoers are being encouraged to put on their best purple outfits this June in support of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s first ever race evening at Doncaster Racecourse.

As part of the racecourse’s Music Live schedule, Red Dwarf star and well-known DJ Craig Charles will play a special DJ set to those attending the special charity event this summer on the 3rd June. The British actor, comedian, author, poet and television presenter will perform a live DJ set for crowds at Town Moor following an evening of racing in support of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

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Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for Weston Park Hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

Tickets for the event are now available to purchase via the cancer charity website for just £15 – giving guests reduced entrance to the grandstand plus entrance to the live music performance later in the evening.

To mark this unique charity event, guests are being encouraged to wear purple for the day and ‘Paint Town Moor Purple’ to be in with a chance of winning Leger festival tickets for best dressed in purple male, female and couple.

Charity Business Development Manager, Darren Hayes said, “We really want people to join us for our first ever race evening and dress in purple to support our corporate colours.

“The cancer charity uses the colour purple for most of its branding and merchandise as well as within Weston Park Hospital so it will be fantastic to see racegoers supporting our cause in this way on the day.

“As our first ever race evening, we really hope people will go all out for this exciting event and help raise money for life-changing projects within Weston Park Hospital.

“Whether it’s a purple tie or hat, any splash of purple will mean racegoers are in with the chance of winning Leger tickets for later in the year.”

Weston Park Hospital is home to the only radiotherapy department in South Yorkshire meaning that patients from across the region are required to attend for radiotherapy treatment on this specialised unit.

All profits from tickets purchased directly through the cancer charity website will benefit thousands of cancer patients across the region.

The charity needs to raise over £2 million this year to enable the funding of committed and new projects that will keep patients at the forefront of cancer treatment.

To purchase your reduced rate ticket for this musical summer spectacular and support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visit:

Betfair to Support Stable Staff Week and the Clock Tower Cup

Racing Welfare is delighted to announce that Betfair will be sponsoring the inaugural Stable Staff Week, which is to take place from Monday 27th June to Saturday 2nd July.

Stable 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 week will incorporate a range of PR initiatives to celebrate the vital part that stable staff play in the production of British horseracing and generate awareness about Racing Welfare’s role in supporting racing’s workforce.

The pinnacle of the week will be the Betfair Clock Tower Cup on Racing Welfare’s Raceday at Doncaster on Friday 1st July, a charity race which sees stable staff switching saddles to become jockeys and riding horses trained by their bosses.

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Photo: Kevin Locking, Head Lad to Scott Dixon, leading home the field in the inaugural Clock Tower Cup last year

The prize on offer for the race will be a scholarship at the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College, where the winner will receive the highest standard of training to either attain their Category A Amateur Jockey License, or undertake another training course in order to advance their career in racing.  The Amateur Jockey License option would involve the same intensive training Victoria Pendleton received at the beginning of her Switching Saddles journey.

The Raceday will also include a charity lunch and auction to raise funds for Racing Welfare. It will be held in Doncaster’s superb Mallard Restaurant, with a champagne reception (kindly sponsored by Pommery), an excellent 3-course lunch and an exciting auction.

James Midmer,  Head of Communications at Betfair comments, ‘We are thrilled to be a part of Stable Staff Week and to support the fantastic work Racing Welfare do within the horseracing industry and community.  Stable staff deserve recognition for the integral part they play in the sport; without their commitment and hard work, horseracing wouldn’t be able to exist.  The scholarship on offer in the Betfair Clock Tower Cup is with the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College, and will provide a great opportunity for the winner of the race to add to their jockey experience and build on their career in horseracing.

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare adds, ‘We are extremely grateful to Betfair for sponsoring Stable Staff Week and the Charity Raceday at Doncaster, featuring the Betfair Clock Tower Cup.  We look forward to everyone involved in racing joining forces to recognise and celebrate the fundamental role that the stable staff play in the delivery of British Horseracing.’

George  McGrath, Chief Executive of the National Association of Stable Staff, also adds; ‘I am pleased to endorse the stable staff week as hosted by Racing Welfare and sponsored by Betfair. It is encouraging to see the hard work, dedication and talent of the stable staff recognised in this unique way which I hope will help to raise the profile of the stable staff and the work they put into showcasing British racing as the best in the world’

Carole Goldsmith, the BHA’s Director of People and Development, also comments; ‘The creation of a Stable Staff Week provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the immense contribution of the sport’s skilled and dedicated workforce who work all hours of the days to ensure that our horses benefit from the highest levels of care. Alongside the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards event, it is very pleasing to see such committed staff receive the recognition they deserve. The Betfair Clock Tower Cup is sure to prove a real highlight within the programme of events organised by Racing Welfare, shining the spotlight on the riding talents of those stable staff involved in the race.’

Trainers wishing to nominate a member of staff, or staff wishing to get their trainers to nominate them to ride in the Betfair Clock Tower Cup, should visit to download the Betfair Clock Tower Cup race conditions, nomination and sponsorship forms.

Tables for 10 at the Racing Welfare Charity Raceday lunch, sponsored by Betfair, on Friday 1st July at Doncaster Racecourse, are £1,300 and individual places are £130.  Anyone wishing to book a table or individual places should contact Mary-Ann Sandercock, Racing Welfare – or call 07786 925803.

Prostate Cancer UK set to benefit from Ladbrokes St.Leger Festival line-up


Doncaster Racecourse has joined the fight to tackle prostate cancer by launching a new initiative for this year’s upcoming Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival.

The third day of the famous four-day bonanza, the Socialites E-Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day, is being dubbed Gentlemen’s Day and will provide a platform for men of all ages to don their racing finery and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

A new addition to this year’s line-up, Gentlemen’s Day takes place on Friday September 11 and will see men from all over the country flock to the racecourse to enjoy the two-and-a-quarter mile Doncaster Cup – one of the UK’s premier races for long-distance horses. But amid the enjoyment racegoers will also be able to learn more about prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men across the UK.

With more than 42,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and one in eight men at risk of developing the disease, Prostate Cancer UK has built a 230,000-plus army of supporters who are backing its Men United movement – a campaign to help men all over the country beat prostate cancer.

Kieran Gallagher, Executive Director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We’re very excited to be holding Gentlemen’s Day for the first time at the festival this year. While we’re sure that it will attract keen male race-goers from all over the country, it will also be a great opportunity to support a charity that conducts vital research into one of the UK’s most common cancers in men.

“We hope that racegoers will be able to raise as much money as possible for Prostate Cancer UK, and show their support by joining Men United.”

 Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Doncaster Racecourse has decided to put on Gentlemen’s Day to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. By doing this they are joining Men United and helping to make a real difference in furthering the fight against prostate cancer.

“We thank Doncaster Racecourse and wish them every success with the festival.”

Gentlemen’s Day will be third main showpiece event of the four-day festival, which takes place this year from September 9-12, and will also include a competition to crown the best dressed male.

Gentlemen’s Day follows the J2O Spritz Leger Legends on day one of the festival, which is followed by the glitz and glamour of DFS Ladies’ Day on September 10. The Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes brings the four-day bonanza to a dramatic climax on September 12.

Full information about the festival, including ticket details, can be found at

To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK and Men United, visit

Walking the Courses

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In March 2015, 53 year old Richard Farquhar set off on foot from Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on a journey of around 3,000 miles that will take him to every one of mainland Britain’s courses in a bid to raise an eye-watering £1.4million for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare. This epic fundraising venture, called ‘Walking The Courses’, is in memory of his racing fanatic father, who he lost to pancreatic cancer in 2012. On Saturday 1st August, Richard will be arriving at Doncaster Racecourse, having walked the 44 miles from Market Rasen Racecourse on the latest stage of his journey. By this stage he will have walked just over 1,000 of the 3,000 miles and will have visited 26 of the country’s racecourses.

As is customary at each of Walking The Courses’ race meetings, Richard will be walking a ‘lap of honour’ around the Doncaster course before racing, accompanied by a variety of the campaign’s supporters from the racing world. This course walk will be different to all others, however, as Richard will be joined by another charity walker, 9 year old budding jockey Jack Lander. Jack will be fresh from his walk from Stratford Racecourse to Oaksey House in Lambourn, which he is doing in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Richard and Jack are teaming up to celebrate one another’s charity efforts on behalf of racing’s most valuable charities.

Racegoers are welcome to join for the course walk and are invited to give generously at the exit collection on 1st August, which will be in aid of Walking The Courses. For more information please visit

Doncaster war veteran gets the public racing to donate

Racegoers in Doncaster were greeted by a local war veteran May as he launched an upcoming charity evening.

Ben Parkinson, MBE, was at Doncaster Racecourse to fundraise and to launch its first ever ‘Tribute to the Boys’ charity race-night being held on Thursday 23 July at Town Moor.

War veterans Simon Weston and Simon Brown will be co-hosting the evening alongside Parkinson in a charity extravaganza to raise awareness and money for their three chosen veteran charities.

Parkinson, 30 and from Doncaster, is Britain’s most injured surviving soldier after the Land Rover he was travelling in hit a mine in Afghanistan eight years ago.  The former paratrooper was at the race day to meet guests and to tell them about the upcoming charity event which will raise money for his chosen charity Pilgrim Bandits, of which Parkinson is a patron.  The charity supports service men and women that have been injured during action.

Falkland’s War Veteran, Simon Weston, OBE will also be attending the evening to raise money for the Falklands Veteran’s foundation of which he is the patron.  The charity was the first in the UK to support Falkland veterans and their immediate family.

The third veteran to host the event is soldier Simon Brown who was injured in 2006 when repairing an army vehicle that was under attack in Iraq.  He will be raising money on the evening for Blind Veterans UK which is dedicated to helping war veterans who have lost their sight.

Guests attending ‘Tribute to the Boys’ have the option to purchase two different ticket packages.  The Heroes Package, available at £99, includes a champagne reception followed by a delicious three-course meal alongside the veterans as well as thought-provoking after dinner speeches. The evening will finish with an exclusive charity auction to give guests the chance to win some incredible prizes whilst raising money for the charities.

The second package available to guests is the Meet and Greet Package.  Priced at £40 per person this option features Country Enclosure admission including a meet and greet with the veterans and the chance to have a photograph with them which will be available to take away on the day.

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The Tribute to the Boys event has been organised by MW Entertainment and kindly sponsored by Pentagon Jeep and Alfa Romeo Doncaster.