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Racing Staff Week BBQs for workforces and owners

Mister McGoldrick: former chaser now based permanently in Yorkshire

New Beginnings visit “We’re not trying to change the world but for every horse that becomes a New Beginnings horse, its world will change forever.” That is the mantra of York-based Retraining of Racehorses charity New Beginnings. This is one of the younger retraining centres, having been set up in 2010 and becoming a registered charity only in 2016. Founders Pam Hollingworth and Kevin Atkinson do not come from a racing background, but they do come from a thoroughbred horse background, and therefore understand their needs and ability to adapt to a wide range of equestrian disciplines. Whilst they retrain most of the horses that pass through their hands for a second career outside of racing, New Beginnings does have two permanent residents – Golden Hello and the wonderful Mister McGoldrick, who many will remember for his 66-1 win at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival. On Thursday, September 27 New Beginnings will open its doors to ROA members and their guests to view the workings of a retraining centre. There will be a tour, ridden display and also a chance to chat to and watch the centre’s farrier in operation. This visit will take place in the morning, allowing members the chance to go racing at Pontefract in the afternoon if they wish, for which complimentary admission will be provided. Tickets for this event cost just £10 per person, which will be contributed to the charity after any direct costs. ROA members wishing to book can call the office on 020 7152 0200, or by visiting roa.co.uk/events

The important role of racing staff will be in the spotlight during Racing Staff Week (June 30-July 7). Organised by Racing Welfare and sponsored by Betfair, the week brings the racing industry together to recognise the invaluable passion, skill and commitment made by racing’s workforce in a series of activities on and off the racecourse. We hope that many members will be joining in the fun at a number of staff and owner BBQs being arranged by trainers during the

week. Packs including invitations, posters and aprons have been sent out to participating trainers, and grants of £100 will be awarded by the ROA to successful applicants. We very much hope all involved will enjoy these events, intended to allow owners and staff to get to know each other better in an informal environment. BBQ organisers and attendees are encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media using #racingstaffweek and #ROABBQs.

Members enjoyed a fine morning and course walk with Michael Church (third right)

Breakfast with the Stars The ROA’s summer events are in full swing, and have so far been blessed with good weather. This was certainly the case on May 22 when around 20 members enjoyed a memorable morning at Epsom Downs racecourse for the Breakfast with the Stars event. From the privileged surroundings of the Royal Box, guests viewed presentations and interviews with connections of intended runners in the runup to the Investec Derby festival and watched Derby contender Young Rascal and Oaks runner Perfect Clarity working on the course. The racecourse kindly allowed the group exclusive access to the Gladiator Room, where winning connections are entertained. Afterwards guests were able to join a fascinating course walk hosted by Derby historian and Classic pedigree expert Michael Church.

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