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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Britain's youngest clerk of the course Quayle all set for Windsor's biggest day

Eloise Quayle: new clerk of the course at Windsor
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Britain's youngest clerk of the course oversees her first Group race on Saturday evening when Windsor stages the Bet & Watch at sunbets.co.uk Winter Hill Stakes.

With a Listed race supporting the Group 3 it is Windsor's classiest card of the year, but 25-year-old Eloise Quayle has already come a long way very quickly and feels under no pressure.

Quayle, who is originally from Northumberland, qualified as a clerk only in May after being mentored by Charlie Moore and she is loving the job.

She said: "It's been a nice week as we had our big sprint final here on Monday, which was lovely, and this is a really good card, with the Queen's Fabricate returning to try to win the Group 3 again and Barsanti heading a decent field for the Listed race."

Quayle's background is in jumping, and she rode Barters Hill during a three-year spell with Ben Pauling, but she is just as keen on Flat racing now.


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She said: "I always wanted to work in racing, and after doing a biology degree I did three years at Ben's. I was travelling head girl and rode my first ever bit of work on Barters Hill, because he hadn't raced at that stage and everyone thought he was slow and safe.

"National Hunt was always my passion, but it's been amazing getting to know people from Flat racing and starting to get an understanding of bloodlines and that sort of thing. They are very different disciplines, but I'm equally interested in both now."

Quayle will be ready for a break when Windsor's season is over, but she is also looking forward to filling in on other tracks when her colleagues are unavailable.

She said: "I'm hoping to do some clerking days at other Arc courses, having trained at tracks as far apart as Musselburgh and Fontwell, and I'll also get involved in some admin tasks and race planning here while the course is recovering."

 

We had our big sprint final here on Monday and this is a really good card, with the Queen's Fabricate returning to try to win the Group 3 again
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