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23 June 2023


Racing Staff Week: Saturday 24th June – Saturday 1st July 2023

Organisations across the British horseracing industry have shown their support for Racing Welfare’s annual celebration, Racing Staff Week, which serves to recognise people working in the sport who make our days at the races possible.

Once again, Betfair have generously sponsored the week, including a ‘thank you’ competition which gives the opportunity to nominate someone working in the racing or Thoroughbred breeding industry who goes above and beyond in their role. Both nominator and nominee of the winning entry, judged by the Betfair podcast panel, will receive £250 in shopping vouchers.

Ayr, Chepstow, Newbury, Newcastle and Nottingham racecourses are each hosting a Racing Welfare charity race for stable staff, giving more than 50 riders the chance to experience the thrill of riding in a race.

All five Jockey Club Racecourses staging fixtures during the week will be offering stable staff free entry to their racedays.

The fixtures offered include two Music Nights:

24th June – Haydock Park Evening Fixture featuring Craig David and Newmarket Summer Saturday

28th June – Kempton Park Evening Fixture and Carlisle

29th June – Newmarket and Nottingham

30th June – Newmarket Evening Fixture featuring Bastille

1st July – Newmarket

Staff will need to present their BHA-issued Stable Staff passes at the entrances desk to the racecourses, which will provide one General Admission ticket. If you have any questions, please contact trainers@thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Hamilton Park are holding a free prize draw at their evening fixture on Thursday 29th, offering the chance for one lucky member of racing staff to receive a Hospitality Day along with an overnight stay at their on-site hotel room for two.

Newbury Racecourse are offering free admission to all racing staff at their Summer Evening Series Raceday with the Gin Garden on Thursday 6th July. Bring along a valid stable pass or letter from your employer to enjoy an evening of live music, fantastic racing and an afterparty in the Gin Garden.

Redcar racecourse are giving prizes in every race for the best-dressed member of stable staff at their Ladies’ Day fixture on Saturday 24th. Sponsor Market Cross Jewellers has donated sparkly Ted Baker earrings for female winners, and Tommy Hilfiger or Unique leather bracelets for male winners.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Association have sponsored 15 stud staff parties during the week to celebrate employees and teams for their hard work and success.

Racing Welfare are hosting 10 community events across the country, with everything from quiz nights and bingo to coffee mornings and rounders tournaments. All Racing Welfare activities for the week can be found here.

For more information on Racing Staff Week head to racingstaffweek.com.