There are a ton of people wandering around a racecourse – and a lot of them actually work there (Racing officials, connections, sponsors, ‘big names’ etc). Here’s our quick Rookies Guide – Who’s Who!
Amateur – riders who are not professional jockeys. Mr, Mrs, Captain, etc. with their names on race cards, indicate their amateur status.
Apprentice – young jockey learning Flat racing with a contract to a trainer while he or she is learning the business of race riding.
BHA – British Horseracing Authority – the governing body for racing in Britain.
Clerk of the Course – the person responsible for running the raceday; if you find the person who looks the most worried on any given raceday, then that’s probably the Clerk of the Course.
Clerk of the Scales – the person responsible for checking a jockey’s weight against the allocated weight the horse is allowed to carry.
Conditional jockey – a National Hunt apprentice.
Jockey – a horseracing rider.
Jockey Club – Historically, the founding body in British racing. Currently they own and operate fifteen racecourses and have various other associated functions.
Judge – the person responsible for declaring the finishing order of a race and the distances between the runners.
Owner – the person or syndicate who owns a particular racehorse.
Starter – the official responsible for starting the race fairly.
Stewards – the panel of stewards are responsible for maintaining the rules of racing on racedays. Their word is law, no arguing allowed.
Sponsor – a business that pays for advertising rights over a race or horse.
Tipster – a racing pundit who advises on likely winners and losers.
Trainer – the person responsible for looking after and preparing a horse for racing.
Valet – assistant responsible for looking after a jockey’s ‘Stuff’.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…