York Racecourse is proud to be supporting Racing Staff Week, as it gets underway on Saturday 30 June, a day that will see York host a £150,000 seven race card.
The team at the Knavesmire have a long standing commitment to the hard working members of Racing Staff; with a six figure investment in their Stableside accommodation for racedays, meaning recent years has seen new showers, flat screen televisions in bedrooms, purchasing new furniture and delivering a dining experience that meets both their tastes and operational needs.
On all eighteen racedays at York, Racing Staff benefit from a £10 food voucher, which when used on the already discounted meals in the Stableside Dining Room, would cover two meals. The provision of tea, coffee and water is free of charge at both Stableside and in the Pre Parade Ring area. Key sponsor, Al Basti Equiworld, work with York on this range of benefits.
In addition, at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, a celebration meal to mark the big race is offered with the compliments of the track.
For this special week, the food theme continues; as a free ice cream should prove popular given the current spell of warm weather.
All 122 races on the Knavesmire offer a Best Turned Out Prize; with a seasonal competition for the most awards seeing the stable receive cases of John Smith’s beer at year end. With a third of the season gone, the team from Kingsley House (Mark Johnston) sit one ahead of Musley Bank (Richard Fahey).
In addition, on Saturday 30 June, every member of Racing Staff responsible for a winner will receive a luxury hamper from the Racecourse.
Racing Welfare are regular partners of York, for example showcasing their Mental Health Awareness Initiative during the Dante Festival. On Saturday, they will be at Stableside to offer support, both emotional and practical, as an example of the latter, in the form of goody bags.
Mindful of the weather and the physical nature of the role, the racecourse is able to give access to sun cream, after sun, plasters, rehydration sachets and such.
Keen to promote the good work done by these often unsung heroes, both the racecard and raceday television will showcase their efforts to the over 35,000 expected racegoers.