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It’s All About The Flat

Go Racing in Yorkshire’s sponsored apprentice, Kieran Schofield, updates us with life on the yard.

Although I’ve been ticking over on the all weather, the start of the turf season is fast approaching which I’m really looking forward to. We were all gutted to see Definitly Red brought down in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham – he was jumping nicely at the time and everyone in the yard shared the disappointment with Mr and Mrs Martin, the owners.

We have been busy with the two-year-olds, there are about 30 this year and I have sat on most of them as they have been broken in. I think they are all lovely and I can’t wait to see them in action. The next step is to put them through the stalls so they are prepared and ready for racing.

I have been working on my own preparation and have started to attend the jockeys Pilates course at Jack Berry House. I have regular physio on my back but after the first Pilates session I felt a lot looser and it will definitely help me in the long run.

I have continued going to Jack Berry House and recently took part in the Jockey Physical Profile Clinic. It started with a body composition session with the nutritionist measuring height, weight and body fat before moving on to a physio stage which was a muscular skeletal screening. This looked at stability, joint motion and control, particularly in the shoulder, hip and neck area.

The final phase was a fitness test focusing on lower limb strength and power, upper limb strength, core strength and aerobic fitness.

About 24 jockeys took part and the data will be used for research and development to build a physical profile of a jockey athlete and identify areas that can help improve race-riding performance. This will then be compared with other sports too.

Jack Berry House is such a fantastic facility that is so beneficial to all of us and I am regular at the gym. The clinic identified that I have good lower limb power and strength, along with excellent upper limb strength, mainly due to me actively playing other sports, I love football and we have a regular five a side match with my weighing room colleagues. Danny, the Strength and Conditioning coach has put a programme together for me to help maintain my strength and work on my aerobic fitness, all in time for the turf season ahead.

Yorkshire Jockeys Support Homeless Project

A group of Yorkshire jockeys have come together to help those less fortunate than themselves, working with the Harrogate Homeless Project.

Often travelling to race meetings with only the contents of a washbag – most jockeys equipment is transported between racecourses via the valets who work in the weighing room – the jockeys have filled spare washbags with useful contents in a bid to help people in difficult circumstances.

The idea is the brainchild of Adele Mulrennan whose husband Paul is a leading Yorkshire jockey.  Adele said, “I have seen people sleeping rough in Harrogate and wanted to do something to help.  I spoke to the team at the Harrogate Homeless Project who suggested some useful products and Paul gave me one of his washbags to put them in.  He thought that some of the other lads in the weighing room would get involved too and the idea has spiralled!”

“The support from the jockeys has been great, but the biggest challenge has been collecting the completed bags, particularly as racing was cancelled for a few days due to the equine influenza outbreak.  Fortunately once it resumed we were able to pick up the momentum again.”

A number of Yorkshire racecourses have also got involved making up their own washbags and by donating items and clothing.  Jonjo Sanderson, Chief Executive of Wetherby Racecourse said, “When we heard what the jockeys were doing we were keen to support them.  This is a great initiative and a good way to help the local community.”

Liz Hancock, Chief Executive of Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd was delighted at the support from the racing industry, “We are grateful for all donations received and this cause has really resonated among the jockeys,” said Liz.  She continued, “The donations that have come from the racing community will be very beneficial and help us to continue our work.”

Pictured from left to right are jockeys Andrew Mullen and Rachel Richardson, Charlotte Fortune – Service User Manager from Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd and jockey Paul Mulrennan.

Tickets on sale now for Middleham Open Day 2019

A highlight in the northern racing calendar, the hugely popular Middleham Open Day returns this year on Good Friday, 19th April 2019.  Tickets are on sale now for this fabulous event which showcases racing in Middleham’s stunning surroundings, offering a superb day out for racing fans and families alike. 

 

Visitors to Middleham on Good Friday will be welcomed into training yards throughout the town, including Mark Johnston’s record-breaking stable where all will be invited to take in his fantastic facilities and watch swimming demonstrations at Kingsley House.  Newly crowned Lycetts Team Champion Award winner Jedd O’Keefe opens up the home of the inimitable Sam Spinner again this year, whilst Group 1 winning trainer Karl Burke will also be throwing open the gates of his Spigot Lodge yard.  James Bethell’s Thorngill Stables will too be open for visitors, as will the yards of Micky Hammond, Ben Haslam, Julia Brooke, Simon West, Andy Crook, Barry Keniry, Foulrice Park Racing and Chris Fairhurst.

Yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm.  The morning will also see a parade of the Bedale Foxhounds through the centre of the town at 11am, and a parade and jumping demonstration from James Bethell at his yard at around noon.

 

Events move to the beautiful location of Middleham’s Low Moor from 1.30pm.  The afternoon’s entertainment kicks off with the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) parade, followed by the ever popular and hotly contested Inter-Yard Team Challenge, incorporating the Donkey Derby.  The Pony Club showjumping relay competition returns for this year, and there will be food and drink stalls on the moor to keep all visitors well fed and watered throughout the afternoon.

 

Middleham Open Day is a highlight in Racing Welfare’s annual calendar of events, drawing over 3000 people to the town on the day.  Proceeds from the event will go towards funding regional Racing Welfare projects, including the Hill House development in the town, which is being re-developed in association with the Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation.  The project will support the local racing community by providing young people’s accommodation as well as community rooms, a gym and treatment facilities.  A proportion of funds raised on the day will also be donated to local good causes including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

 

Racing Welfare’s Northern Regional Welfare Manager, Sarah Fanning, said, “Middleham Open Day is a fantastic event and one that we are very proud to bring to the public.  We are passionate about showcasing racing within the town and surrounding areas and visitors can expect a very warm welcome in Middleham.  The open day really does bring the whole racing community together and we look forward to presenting a day out that has something for everyone.”

 

Tickets to the event are on sale now at www.middlehamopenday.co.uk with adult tickets priced at £12.50, concessions at £8.50.  Under 16s go free of charge.

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Press contact: Felicity Marshall 07966 296 838; fmarshall@racingwelfare.co.uk