Here at Racing Welfare we are not ready to give up the euphoria of another successful Racing Staff Week. Luckily we don’t have to just yet. Thirsk Racecourse are kindly hosting The Creditas ‘Taking Care of Business’ Stable Staff Stakes race to raise funds for Racing Welfare.
Roles are going to be reversed for the first time where Jockeys will be leading up the stable staff for a charity race in aid of Racing Welfare. It is the first time jockeys have volunteered to lead up for such a race in Britain, with the stable staff nominated to participate by their trainers.
This race is one of the many Stable Staff races that is organised by Racing Welfare. Twelve riders will race over 1 mile with a flag start and for many of the riders taking part is a fulfilment of a life’s ambition. The stable staff charity race scheduled to take place at 1.30pm, with the first race of the main programme at 2pm.
Gareth Newmarch, who rides for Scott Dixon, is back again having won the Clocktower Cup last month during Racing Staff Week and is very happy to have been given the opportunity again this by his boss.
All riders are raising sponsorship money for Racing Welfare and see the race as a great opportunity to give something back to the charity, which supports anyone working within the British horseracing industry; including stable staff, stud staff and racecourse staff.
Meet the Riders
Chloe Briody: I am looking forward to experience the side of racing that I have never been part of before and supporting Racing Welfare.
April Clarke: Riding in the Thirsk Stable Staff Stakes gives me a great opportunity to experience what it is like to ride in a race. Racing Welfare do so much for us, I want to give something back to support this important charity.
Leah Cooper: I’m 17 and it’s my ambition to get my amateur license out later this year so riding in the Thirsk Stable Staff race will give me a great experience. It means a lot to me because my family have all worked in racing but none of them of been jockeys. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leah-cooper5
Lisa Dix: I’m really looking forward to riding at Thirsk in the Stable staff stakes. I think it is a great way for trainers to show they value the staff by giving them a chance to experience riding in a race as well as a great way of raising money for Racing Welfare. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisa-dix
Helen Herrington: I have always wanted to ride on the racecourse and this year I thought I should give it a go in memory of my father & Aunt who both passed away this year having been diagnosed with cancer. My father was involved in the Bloodstock industry all his working life and I think he would have been chuffed I gave it a go. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/h-lloyd-herrington
Amy Lawrence: I am looking forward to taking part in the charity race at Thirsk on the 31st August. After taking part in the Doncaster clock tower last year I feel like it would be great to take part in this one and raise more money for racing welfare. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amy-lawrence20
Roberto Leighton: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roberto-leighton1
Gareth Newmarch: I won the Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster in July and that was such an amazing experience so I jumped at the chance when Mr Dixon said he would nominate me to ride in this race as well. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gareth-newmarch1
Charlotte Revell: I’ve always wanted to experience race riding whilst working in racing, I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to do so while raising money for a great charity. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlotte-revell
Olyn Sayer: I am very keen to participate as it gives you a taste of what it’s like to ride in a race. I spend so much time working with the horses on the yard and helping to prepare them for their races, it will be good to have a different angle on what our hard work goes towards. It’s a privilege to represent IJR and the Owners and also to support Racing Welfare.
Amber Trainer: I’ve always loved horses and fell in love with the sport of kings when watching Channel 4 Racing when I was 11 – there and then I decided I wanted to be a jockey. I’m so excited I’ve been given the amazing opportunity to achieve my childhood dream of riding in a race at Thirsk on the 31st August and very pleased to be supporting Racing Welfare. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amber-goes-racing
Jasmin Waldock: I’ve only been riding racehorses for just over a year, this is the first yard I have worked at so by them giving me this opportunity to ride in this race is unbelievable and can’t thank them enough. I never thought I would ever get an opportunity like this. Riding in this race will give me a great confidence boost which I really need. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jasminwaldock
Good luck to all of the riders!