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While most of the population dig into Christmas lunch and a glass of champagne on Christmas Day, approximately 6,500 stable staff across the UK will be working hard to ensure that over 14,000 racehorses are exercised, fed and cared for in the lead up to the Boxing Day races, one of the biggest and busiest days in the racing calendar.
To showcase the vast amount of activities undertaken by dedicated stable staff on a daily basis and highlighting the hard work that goes into Christmas Day and preparing for the holiday racing season, Great British Racing have created a special video to thank them for their efforts over Christmas.
There will be over 350 horses racing on Boxing Day with over 100 jockeys competing. This makes it one of the busiest and most exciting days in the racing calendar with eight fixtures taking place all over the country. However, even those which are not racing will be receiving expert care over the Christmas period, just as they do throughout the year.
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Oliver Sherwood, Grand National-winning trainer in 2015, described how hard his staff work over the festive period in order to have his horses in the best shape possible.
“It’s dedication – end of story. They’ve got to be dedicated to work with horses all year round,” he said.
“Everybody comes in on Christmas Day and they know exactly where they stand, we get the whole lot out very quickly.
“There’s plenty of jokes, it’s just a question of light-heartedness and being professional at the same time.”
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)