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28 February 2020

Racing Welfare’s boxing line up unveiled

Racing Welfare will be announcing the match-ups for its William Hill Racing Staff Boxing Night at a special event in York on the evening of Monday 2nd March.  The boxing night itself takes place at York Racecourse on Saturday 7th March and features a stellar cast hailing from the Yorkshire racing centres of Middleham and Malton.

Sponsored by William Hill, the boxing night will see 22 competitors from the racing industry pit their fighting prowess against each other, following eight weeks of intensive training delivered by Ultra White Collar Boxing.  The list of boxers includes racing grooms, stud staff, farriers, racecourse employees and jockeys, all of whom are raising money for Racing Welfare as part of their participation.

The full list of those taking part on the night is as follows:

Adele Mulrennan – Raceday Presenter/ITV Racing pundit

David Cottle – Brian Ellison Racing

Paul Mulrennan – Jockey

David Gorman – Micky Hammond Racing

Danny Cook – Jockey

Carl Harwood – Sue Smith Racing

Clifford Lee – Jockey

Jacob Headley – Bond Thoroughbred Stud

Maiti Stirling – York Racecourse

George Illingworth – Tim Easterby Racing

Charlotte Lancaster – Elwick Stud Secretary

Aidan Macdonald – Conditional Jockey Micky Hammond

Robbie Fitzpatrick – Jockey

Gerasimos Minetos – Micky Hammond Racing

Shane Gray – Jockey

Joshua Scott – Nigel Tinkler Racing

Ryan Batty – Farrier

Aiden Smithies – Apprentice Nigel Tinkler Racing

Rory Bevin – Tim Easterby Racing

Ryan Timby – John Quinn Racing

Matt Brown – Brian Ellison Racing

James Waggot – Micky Hammond Racing

The match-ups for each fight are set to be announced on Monday at Yates York, Church Lane, Lower Ousegate, York, YO1 9QT at 8pm.

Speaking about his involvement with the event stable jockey to Karl Burke, Clifford ‘Lightening’ Lee, said:


I have chosen to do the racing staff boxing to help out and raise money for Racing Welfare. They put a lot of time and effort to help people in many ways within the racing industry, so to give a little back will be a pleasure.

Charlotte ‘The Lancaster Bomber’ Lancaster added to this, saying:

I took part in this event in 2018 and absolutely loved it!  After quite an indulgent 2019, I thought is there any better way to try and lose weight than avoiding being punched in the face for six minutes (again!)?

George ‘The Big Show’ Illingworth took inspiration from being a spectator at the 2018 event:


I went to the Racing Staff Boxing event last time to watch my friend Roberto fight and I thought to myself that I wanted to participate in the next one. So here I am, fighting for a good cause as well as getting myself sort of fit in a way!

Maiti ‘Mayhem’ Stirling highlighted the importance of Racing Welfare to racing as a reason to take part, saying:

Racing Welfare is a fantastic charity that helps all those involved in the racing industry. The boxing event seems like it will be a lot of fun. Improving my own fitness while raising money for charity seems like a win win!

The William Hill Racing Staff Boxing Night takes place at York Racecourse on Saturday 7th March; tickets are on sale via Racing Welfare’s website.