A Day at the RacesJanet Burrows
A group of year 11 students had a fantastic day at Doncaster races during the St Leger meeting, thanks to the Taking The Reins programme, which allows students to experience various aspects of the racing world. The group was kindly hosted by Amy Canham from Richard Fahey racing in Malton, one of the founders of the Taking the Reins programme. Here’s what the students had to say about their day:
“When we arrived we had the chance to go into the weighing room and find out about the lengths jockeys have to go to in managing their weight – and a close up of the tiny saddles they use for racing. We were accompanied by Sammy Jo Bell, a leading flat jockey who won the Legends Race at the meeting. It was inspiring advice she gave us all.
We all enjoyed being interviewed by Sky racing even though it was a bit daunting – it was exciting and scary at the same time. Then we had to do it all again for ITV racing. We were very keen to watch it when we got home!”
The camera crew were keen to recruit one of the boys as camera man and he had the chance to try on all the camera equipment. Jack said afterwards that it was a great opportunity to see how they film racing on the day. Two other pupils, Edwin and Charlotte were invited onto a panel to discuss their experiences with the programme.
Some of the group had been racing before and some not, but all thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic opportunity to be part of a busy race meeting. The group felt privileged to have a behind the scenes tour of a race day and appreciated afterwards that it really is a team effort to get the horses ready to race. Having also spent a day at Richard Fahey’s yard before the trip to the races, they had seen first hand the hard work that goes into preparing for such events.
The final word must go to the group who said the whole experience had made some of them wish to pursue a future career in racing, which is the ultimate aim of the programme.
Many thanks to Charlotte, Jack, Edwin, Anna, Thea and Natalie for their contributions.