Racing only operates to the standard it does thanks to the multitude of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. This week, christened National Stable Staff Week, has been created to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who make great sacrifices and devote themselves unconditionally to the sport.
Ask any of the 6,000 members of stable staff in the country, and they will tell you horse racing is a lifestyle, not a job. Working in a racing yard is physically demanding, potentially dangerous and involves a great deal of skill. The handling of thoroughbreds takes drive, passion and teamwork and racing owes plenty to those who dedicate themselves to its taxing schedule, which is ultimately a 24 hour, seven day responsibility.
The week commencing Monday 27th June until Saturday 2nd July is dedicated to their contribution to the game, and culminates in the inaugural running of the Betfair Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster. The charity race allows stable staff to showcase their talents in order to win a scholarship at either the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College. The race day will also involve a charity lunch and auction in order to raise funds for Racing Welfare.
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