The Clock Tower Cup

On Friday July 1st at Doncaster Racecourse, twelve stable staff will be taking part in a charity race which sees them switching saddles to become jockeys and riding horses trained by their bosses. The prize on offer for the race 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.

Meet our team of fundraising riders:

Lucy Challoner

Lucy Challoner

Scott Dixon

“Having been a big part of the team who attend race meetings and have been since I began to work in racing - and leading up many winners - I would love the thrill of riding in an actual race and finding out what happens to the horses during the race itself and how it differs from when I ride them in a piece of work at home. I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and would like to thank Racing Welfare, Doncaster Racecourse and everyone who is part of the team at our yard for helping me, supporting me and giving me the confidence to do this. Thanks also to everyone who has sponsored me and the owners for letting me ride their horse”

Hari Rathore

Hari Rathore

Tom Dascombe

“I have worked in racing for nearly 12 years. I started working with racehorses back home in Mumbai and then moved to the UK in 2007. I worked for Stan Moore for a year before moving to Brian Meehans where I spent five and half years. While working at Mr Meehan's yard I took Burano to Dubai for 3 months where he won the Meydan Classic. I then joined Manor House Stables LLP Tom Dascombe at the end of 2012 as a full time work rider. I am looking forward to riding in the Clock Tower Cup because I think it will be great fun and a memorable day out.”

Carly Scott

Carly Scott

David O'Meara

"I started riding at the age of 4 but it wasn't until I was about 12 that I really started to get involved with race horses. The first yard I started to work in was Alistair Whillans yard at weekends and holidays when I was still at school. I also helped out Donald Whillans when I could. When I left school at 17, I worked full time for a summer with Alistair and then put in for an interview with David O'Meara Racing at the end of the year as I was keen to focus on flat racing more. I started at David's in January 2015 and have been there ever since! I love my job and couldn't imagine working anywhere else. I can't wait to ride in The Clock Tower Cup to see what it's like to ride in race conditions! Hopefully all will go well!"

Tom Steggall

Tom Steggall

Gay Kelleway

"I joined Gay’s yard after a varied and interesting life traveling the globe! Most recently I was breaking horses at the Ogifushi Training Centre in Japan. Prior to this I was with the infamous Gai Waterhouse Racing in Australia at Tulloch Lodge and Tempest Morn Stables where I backed youngsters. The 06h00 starts here are a definite bonus from 03h00 ones in Oz! The racing bug has bitten and I am thrilled to be able to get a feel of real race conditions in the Clock Tower Cup but I’m quietly freaking out too!"

Tory Todd

Tory Todd

Ruth Carr

"I have been in racing since I left school at the age of 16 where I then went onto The British Racing School. After leaving college I went to Malcom Jefferson's yard where I began gaining experience within the horse racing industry, from here I have had various different opportunities in different yards across the country. I started at Ruth Carr's in 2010 then in 2013 I was lucky enough to go on a sabbatical in Australia where I started at Bart Cummings' yard. I then went onto gain experience working at a pre training yard for the remainder of my time there. However it was here that I broke my leg in 2 places. Without the help of Racing Welfare I would have found it difficult to get back riding again. This is why I wanted to participate in this race and show my appreciation for everything they did for me, also to help raise awareness of the charity so it can continue to help others that find themselves in the same situation as I did."

Tammy McWilliam

Tammy McWilliam

Micky Hammond

"I have been riding since I was 6 years old and joined the pony club and competed in mounted games, show jumping, cross country and Le Trec and have always had a passion for horses. I have worked in racing for two and a half years for Ian Duncan and Micky Hammond. I am 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 and now I am getting a chance to do something I never thought possible."

Nynke Schilder

Nynke Schilder

Eve Johnson-Houghton

"My name is Nynke Schilder and I'm 21 years old. I was born in Holland, where I've worked with horses since I was 7. After I finished school, I knew I wanted to do something more exciting and that's when I found the British Racing School. When I was 17 I moved abroad and got into my first job in racing for Ralph Beckett straight after racing school. I worked for him for a year and a half, when I decided to go and work for Eve Johnson Houghton Racing. I've been here for a year and a half now, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm really looking forward to riding in the Clock Tower Cup as my goal eventually is to get my apprentice license out and I think it would be a great opportunity for me to see what it's like on the course. Racing Welfare is also a great charity to raise money for as it concerns us all who work in racing. They're always there for anyone who has a question or a problem and they deserve huge gratitude for what they do."

Jo Bagley

Jo Bagley

Katy Price

Jo Bagley is 20 years old and has grown up on a hill farm in rural Wales. She has ridden all her life and started competing with the Golden Valley Pony Club when she was just 5 years old, and from then on has competed in all disciplines of riding from show jumping to hunting to dressage. In 2014 Jo attended The British Racing School in Newmarket where she graduated and completed her Level 2 apprenticeship with Ron Harris Racing. It has been a life long dream to race ride and she hopes this race will be a stepping stone to gaining her point to point licence next autumn, and beyond.

Donna Mackay

Donna Mackay

Richard Fahey

"Brought up in the Scottish Borders. I have always had a strong love for horses. My first experience of riding race horses was when I rode out on my weekends during school at the age of 15 on a small jumps yard for Ernie Jamieson. When leaving school I went to work on an eventing yard for Steph Stark where I worked for two years. In 2012 I went to Australia for a year working and travelling. I worked over there on a racing yard in Western Australia for Ross and Clint Price then moved over to Brisbane where I worked on a pre training and breaking yard for Kevin Thomas at Washpool Lodge. On returning to the UK I moved to Malton where I have been working with the team at Richard Faheys and I have been there since working in the office and riding out. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to ride in the Betfair Clock Tower Cup as this is a charity that does really good support work and will also be my maiden race!"

Danny Grice

Danny Grice

Scott Dixon

“I have always hoped to have the opportunity, to ride in a race. It is my dream come true. It really means the world to me to have the chance and to experience it. I really am grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Scott and the team. Racing Welfare is the best organisation around for helping all stable staff and I am happy to help support a charity that supports those of us who are involved in racing. Thanks to all my sponsors and to the owners for supporting me as well.”

Harriet Jones

Harriet Jones

Karl Burke

"Horses have always been my passion in life and I have been involved in racing from a very young age. My family have always been involved in racehorses and I started riding out when I was 14. I’ve worked for Karl and Elaine for many years now and I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world within the Racing industry."

Harrison Shaw

Harrison Shaw

Kevin Ryan

"I started riding aged 12, showjumping mostly but I’ve always loved racing. Sue Smith’s was the nearest yard, so once I finished school after doing my A levels, I started riding out racehorses. I spent a few month’s at Sue’s before illness meant I had to stop riding altogether for three months. Once better I started at Kevin Ryan’s and so far I’ve loved every minute. I hope to be a jockey in the future and the Clock Tower Cup is a fantastic opportunity to ride in a race and raise money for Racing Welfare. I’m very grateful to Mr Ryan for nominating me to ride and to Racing Welfare for selecting me."