Riders Announced for Betfair Clock Tower Cup Charity Race for Stable Staff

Stable Staff Week runs from Monday 27th June – Saturday 2nd July, it celebrates the role of the unsung heroes of racing – the stable staff and all the other behind the scenes staff that play a vital role in the production of British Horseracing. The pinnacle of Stable Staff Week will be the Betfair Clock Tower Cup, which takes place at 1.25pm on Friday 1st July at Doncaster Racecourse.

Racing Welfare

The Clock Tower Cup will see 12 members of staff switching saddles to become jockeys and ride horses trained by their bosses. Race sponsors Betfair have kindly put up a prize of a scholarship at the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College, where the winner will receive the highest standard of training to either attain their Category A Amateur Jockey License, or undertake another training course in order to advance their career in racing.

The 12 riders are:

Carly Scott, riding for her boss David O’Meara

Jo Bagley, riding for her boss Katy Price
Nynke Schulder, riding for her boss Eve Johnson Houghton
Tom Steggal, riding for his boss Gay Kelleway
Hari Rathore, riding for his boss Tom Dascombe
Lucy Challoner, riding for her boss Scott Dixon
Daniel Grice, riding for her boss Scott Dixon
Tammy McWilliam, riding for her boss Micky Hammond
Harriet Jones, riding for her boss Karl Burke
Tory Todd, riding for her boss Ruth Carr
Harrison Shaw, riding for his boss Kevin Ryan
Donna MacKay riding for her boss Richard Fahey
1st reserve will be Sadie Appleby, riding for her boss Brian Ellison

The riders are raising sponsorship money for Racing Welfare and are all extremely excited about riding in the Clock Tower Cup; most are realising their dream of riding in a race for the first time and others have personal reasons for wishing to support the charity.

Danny Grice comments:  “I have always hoped to have the opportunity to ride in a race. It is my dream come true. It really means the world to me to have the chance and to experience it. I really am grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Scott and the team.”

Tammy McWIlliam  adds:  “I'm looking forward to riding in the Clock Tower Cup as from a young age I loved watching racing and wanted to become a jockey but never pursued it until a few years ago.Now I am getting a chance to do something I never thought possible.”
Tory Todd adds: “I started at Ruth Carr's in 2010 then in 2013 I was lucky enough to go on a sabbatical in Australia where I started at Bart Cummings' yard. I then went on to gain experience working at a pre training yard for the remainder of my time there. However it was here that I broke my leg in 2 places. Without the help of Racing Welfare I would have found it difficult to get back riding again. This is why I wanted to participate in this race and show my appreciation for everything they did for me. I want to help raise awareness of the charity so it can continue to help others that find themselves in the same situation as I did.”
Racing Welfare Chief Executive, Dawn Goodfellow comments: “There are some lovely stories emerging around why the riders wish to take part in the Clock Tower Cup and I wish we could bottle their excitement. We are extremely grateful to sponsors Betfair and to the owners and trainers who are giving their staff this wonderful opportunity.”

Booking tables at RW's Charity Raceday Lunch

Tables for 10 at the Racing Welfare Charity Raceday lunch, sponsored by Betfair, on Friday 1st July at Doncaster Racecourse, are £1,300 and individual places are £130.  Anyone wishing to book a table or individual places should contact Mary-Ann Sandercock, Racing Welfare - msandercock@racingwelfare.co.uk or call 07786 925803.

If you would like to make a donation all of the riders have sponsorship pages on Just Giving click here to DONATE


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