Betfair Clock Tower Cup
Stable staff in the spotlight on Doncaster’s Charity Day
Friday 1st July 2016
Twelve stable lads and lasses lived their dreams at Doncaster today as the track staged the second running of the Betfair Clock Tower Cup, and one of them was our very own assistant head girl Tammy McWilliam, who has raised over £500 for Racing Welfare and rode our five year old mare Cadmium into ninth place in the seven furlong race.
Tammy and Cadmium in action on Town Moor this afternoon
The race was won by Tanawar, trained by Ruth Carr and ridden by Ruth’s stable lass Tory Todd (right), who beat last year’s winner Cadeaux Pearl and Scott Dixon’s NRC graduate Lucy Challoner into second place with David O’Meara’s Classic Flyer and Carly Scott back in third.
Winning rider Tory is likely to attend the Racing Secretary course at the British Racing School as part of her prize, while she was also presented with an exercise saddle in Betfair’s yellow and black colours. All the riders received medals from Frankie Dettori as mementos of their big day but for most of them the memories alone will probably be enough to last them a lifetime!
Tammy was on a thorough stayer in Cadmium and she got the mare beautifully settled towards the rear of the field as the speedier sprinting types set the pace, unfortunately the early leaders didn’t fall in a heap like we’d hoped they would and Cadmium made some late headway into ninth place, we’d have loved to have put Tammy on a quicker horse but we don’t have one!
The day was the highlight of the second annual Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week, which has seen racecourses up and down the country running various initiatives to promote the work of the ‘unseen’ heroes of our sport, such as free meals for stable staff and special prizes for best turned out runners. There was also a charity auction at Doncaster this afternoon, and the event has been really well promoted and supported in the media with the Racing Post running a series of articles about stable employees this week.
Tammy, whose family and boyfriend Matt were at Donny yesterday to watch her ride, has so far raised £560 for Racing Welfare and you can still donate via her JustGiving page.
Well done to Tammy and everyone who took part, and indeed to everyone who has supported such a worthwhile cause this week, today’s race was a fantastic occasion and for many of those involved it was the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition, we hope they all had a brilliant day!
Tammy and Cadmium set for Doncaster’s Clock Tower Cup
Thursday 30th June 2016
Our assistant head girl and longest serving member of stable staff Tammy McWilliam has reached her target of £500 in sponsorship and is now counting down the hours until she lines up in tomorrow’s Betfair Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster in aid of Racing Welfare.
Tammy hit the magic figure of £500 on her JustGiving page earlier today just 24 hours before she gets to be a jockey for the day and she’d like to pass on her massive thanks to everyone who has sponsored her, she’ll be riding Oakwood Rainbow’s five year old mare Cadmium and they’ll face eleven rivals, all of whom will also be ridden by stable staff who otherwise wouldn’t normally be seen in a proper race.
The seven furlong contest, which isn’t covered by the Rules of Racing, will be run at 1.25pm and among the other runners is Scott Dixon’s Cadeaux Pearl, who carried Kevin Locking to victory in the inaugural running of the race twelve months ago (right). It’s a 0-70 hands and heels race with a flag start and a jockey coach will walk the course with all twelve riders two hours before the off.
All the runners will carry 10st and Richard Fahey’s Character Onesie, who’ll be ridden by Donna Mackay, comes out best at the weights but it’s really all about the experience for these lads and lasses and we know that Tammy will treasure every moment of what’s sure to be a very special day.
Good luck and a massive well done to our Tammy, we’re all very proud of her!
The full racecard for tomorrow’s Clock Tower Cup is shown below.
What do our Gemma and Jeremy Kyle have in common?
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Well our assistant trainer hasn’t landed herself a new job as a TV presenter (as far as we know), so the answer is that both Gemma and Jeremy are ambassadors for Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week, which reaches its highlight on Friday with the Betfair sponsored Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster, a seven furlong race which gives stable staff the chance to be jockeys for the day while raising money for a fantastic cause.
Our very own Tammy McWilliam will be riding Oakwood Rainbow’s popular and genuine five year old mare Cadmium in the twelve runner race, which is due off at 1.25pm before the main card gets underway.
As well as presenting his popular daytime TV show, Jeremy Kyle is well known for his passion for racing and he’s excited to be backing Stable Staff Week. “As a Racing Enthusiast and horse owner I am very proud to be able to support the Betfair sponsored Stable Staff Week,” he says.
“Through personal experience I am fully aware of the hard work, commitment and dedication of all stable staff in the Racing and Stud industry. Without them we simply would not have this amazing industry. They work tirelessly to look after the horses and it is vital that we do everything we can to support them throughout their working careers and afterwards in retirement. Racing Welfare is an incredible charity that supports the racing grooms from when they first enter the industry, through to retirement. It is also of vital importance that we offer continued support and encouragement to youngsters entering the industry through correct training, education and opportunities.”
Jeremy has also donated one lot towards Racing Welfare’s online charity auction, which will close at the Charity Lunch on Friday. There are a range of incredible lots on offer, including holidays, racing hospitality, Grand National memorabilia and more. You can take part in the auction on the dedicated website.
Our very own Gemski, meanwhile, won the prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Employee of the Year award in London back in February (right).
“They are the backbone of racing,” Gemma says about stable staff. “There are lots of different roles within the industry, all of which are important to the production of horseracing. The industry couldn’t go forward without them. The British horseracing industry is getting better at recognizing the achievements and importance of stable staff with initiatives like the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards and now this inaugural Betfair Stable Staff Week”.
Showmethewayavrilo and leading apprentice Josie Gordon win the Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week Handicap at Bath this evening
Our Tammy to ride in Doncaster’s Clock Tower Cup
Saturday 18th June 2016
We’re really proud to announce that our longest serving member of yard staff, Tammy McWilliam, will be one of twelve riders taking part in the Betfair Clock Tower Cup in aid of Racing Welfare at Doncaster on Friday, 1st July.
Tammy (right), from Muirkirk in East Ayrshire, joined us in September 2014 having graduated from the Northern Racing College earlier that year, she’s one of the real unsung heroes of the yard and she’ll be the first member of our team to ride in the seven furlong “hands and heels” race for stable staff, which will be run on Doncaster’s Charity Raceday.
The race is the highlight of the inaugural Betfair sponsored Stable Staff Week, which aims to bring the racing industry together to inform and engage horseracing followers and supporters about the passion, skill and dedication required to work with racehorses. The week will incorporate a range of PR initiatives to celebrate the vital part that stable staff play in the production of British horseracing and generate awareness about Racing Welfare’s role in supporting racing’s workforce.
All twelve riders will be on horses from their own yards so we’ll be doing our best to get one ready for Tammy, who hopes to raise at least £500 by taking part. The prize for the winning rider on the day will be 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.
“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,” says Tammy. “Now I’m getting a chance to do something I never thought possible.
“Racing Welfare do great work for everyone working in racing and I’d be really grateful for any donations, no matter how big or small, for this great charity that works tirelessly to provide help and support to people who work in racing and continue this support after retiring from racing.”
You can find out more about Tammy and the other eleven riders who are taking part by clicking here.