Stable Staff Week 2016

The inaugural Stable Staff Week gets underway today; the initiative aims to bring the racing industry together to inform and engage horseracing 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.

The pinnacle of the week will be the Betfair Clock Tower Cup on Racing Welfare’s Raceday at Doncaster on Friday 1st July, a charity race which sees stable staff switching saddles to become jockeys and riding horses trained by their bosses. 

We are extremely proud of our staff at Chestnut Tree Stables and work with them to encourage progression and development in their racing careers - we were the first yard to be awarded the Investors In People accolade for our continued efforts in this area.

Throughout the week we will be uploading 'Staff Profiles' to the website which will allow you to get to know the team at Chestnut Tree Stables on a more personal level - they may also prove quite entertaining!

In support of this well-deserved initiative, please show your gratitude by using the hashtag #StableStaffWeek on social media.

Rachel dusts off her boots again…

On 7 July 2016, the first day of the July meeting, Rae’s wife Rachel will be riding in the 350th Newmarket Town Plate in aid of the Animal Health Trust, a local charity that does great work – largely unseen and uncelebrated – that enables racing and breeding to flourish.

The plan is to ride Opera Buff over the 3 mile 6 course in the oldest recorded horserace in Newmarket, founded by Charles II who won the first running and apparently declared that it should be run ‘forever’.

The race is part of the history of horseracing’s HQ and (strange but true) the first four home get a box of Powters Newmarket sausages. 

Rachel is grateful for any support that you can give to  Please give generously to this worthwhile cause, wish Rachel luck and do come and support on the day!


RIP Present Generation

Last week, we unfortunately had to bid farewell to the yard’s oldest resident; twenty-three-year-old Present Generation.

PG, as he was fondly known, had been with Rae since he was a yearling and started his racing career in 1996; he ran in a total of 23 races under Rules resulting in two wins and six places, with his final race coming in the summer of 1999.

He then filled the role of yard hack at Chestnut Tree Stables for a number of years, helping to bring on the youngsters (both human and equine) – before the frailties of old-aged meant that he lived out his later years as a companion to some of our more nervous residents.


#THISFILLYCAN campaign to support fillies and mares

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the British Horseracing Authority have recently launched the #thisfillycan campaign to promote the benefits of buying, owning and training fillies and mares on the Flat.

This is something Rae has long advocated and had considerable success with - in fact around 90% of Rae's 27 Black Type winners have been with fillies. 

The launch of the campaign follows an extensive review undertaken by the BHA to better understand the profile of fillies in training, the race opportunities available to them and their ability to compete with colts over the last decade.

Highlights of the review included:

  • - About 700 Flat races are now programmed exclusively for fillies, 40% more than 10 years ago.
  • - The median prize fund available in fillies’ races was above that of open races in each of the last 10 years.
  • - Once rated 75, the average filly earns more prize money each season than the average colt. Below 75, both sexes earn a similar amount.
  • - More fillies are winning black type and yet their median handicap rating remains constant at about 98.
  • - The quality of fillies in training has improved, with 650 more fillies rated 85 and above than 10 years ago, an increase of 58% (versus 39% for colts).


This is a positive step in increasing people’s interest in having fillies in training and raising awareness of the many benefits that can come from doing so.


Jane's Memory storms to Listed success

The yard's only four-year-old, Jane's Memory, showed that class will out when storming to success in this afternoon's Listed Cecil Frail Stakes over 6f - a trip she was stepping up to for the first time in her racing career.

Under a perfectly timed ride from Richard Kingscote, she was kept in behind the leaders for the early stages of the race before making a move to take up the running at the furlong marker, after which she stayed on strongly to claim the rewards.

The good-looking daughter of Captain Rio showed plenty of potential at two, placing in both Listed and Group 3 company, before unfortunate circumstances resulted in her being sidelined from the racecourse at throughout her three-year-old season.

She made her racecourse return earlier this month after over eighteen months off the track and has obviously benefited from the outing to fulfill the potential she had shown earlier in her career; we hope it will be onwards and upwards from here for this promising filly!

Congratulations go to the owner, Mr Padraic O'Neill, and Charlotte who looks after her at home.