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Jul 04, 2016

Racing’s unsung heroes recognised at Newton Abbot Racecourse

All eyes were on the Stable Staff at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Friday 1 July as their tremendous contribution to the sport was recognised as part of the national Stable Staff Week.

The inaugural week, spearheaded by Racing Welfare, set out to recognise the efforts of the often unsung heroes of the sport.

All Stable staff who won the Best Turned Out horse at Friday’s meeting were presented with £100 in cash, a Racing Welfare jacket, a commemorative framed photograph of their achievements and received a free meal at the Stable Lads’ Canteen.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, said: “Stable staff play such an important role in the success of our sport, yet often their contribution is overlooked. This week is our chance to recognise their efforts and say a big thank you for their ongoing dedication.”

Amongst the winners on the day was Josie Challenger, who was selected for the horse Castle Cavalier: “It’s fantastic to win Best Turned Out but whilst making the horse look pretty is important, making sure they are healthy is key. The best part of our job is seeing the progress that our horses make from the time that they arrive at the yard.”

Lynne Clarke, Racing Welfare’s West Country Welfare Officer, added: “Stable Staff Week is the first of its kind to celebrate the achievements of stable staff. They work so hard behind the scenes and this is our opportunity to make everyone aware of the work that they do.

“We are so pleased with the support that we have received from Newton Abbot Racecourse to help us to mark Stable Staff Week here in the West Country.”

Racing returns to Newton Abbot Racecourse on Sunday 17 July when bumper crowds are expected as the course marks the start of the school holidays. The first race of the day takes place at 2:05pm with gates opening at 12:05pm.

Tickets can be purchased here, from the racecourse office or by calling 01626 353235.