Jockeys will swap roles when Thirsk Racecourse stages its first charity race for Stable Staff on Friday 31st August, in aid of Racing Welfare.
In a role reversal, jockeys will lead-up the 12 stable staff riders, who will be racing over 1 mile in The Creditas ‘Taking Care of Business’ Stable Staff Stakes, for the experience of a lifetime.
This is the first time the jockeys have offered to lead-up in Britain and one of Yorkshire’s top professional riders Paul Mulrennan said, “We are excited to be doing this as stable staff are the unsung heroes of racing and work tirelessly behind the scenes. I just hope we do as good a job as they do.”
The riders have been nominated to participate by their respective trainers and Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey, who has a runner in the race said, “It is such a great idea to offer this opportunity to the stable staff and we are delighted to be involved.”
The charity race has been generously sponsored by Creditas Financial Solutions Limited, whose Chief Executive, Andy Shaw, will be presenting a fantastic racing saddle to the winning jockey. All the riders will be raising money for Racing Welfare, which is there to support anyone working within the British horseracing industry.
Thirsk Clerk of the Course James Sanderson said, “Thirsk is delighted to host this charity initiative on behalf of Racing Welfare. All credit to the sponsor, Creditas, the charity-race riders, owners, trainers and to those professional jockeys who are volunteering to lead-up the runners, for their tremendous collective efforts on behalf of Racing Welfare.”
The Creditas ‘Taking Care of Business’ Stable Staff Stakes is scheduled at 1.30pm, with the first race of the main programme scheduled at 2pm. Gates open from 11.30am.
Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £23 on the day, Paddock Enclosure costs £15 and Family Enclosure starts from £6. Discounts are available if booked in advance along with great reductions for the special packages and for group bookings whilst, as always, adult accompanied children under 18 get in free. For more information go to www.thirskracecourse.net