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Stable staff to take the reins from regular riders in aid of Racing Welfare

Thirsk is to play host to the alternative charity race
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A dozen unsung racing heroes will have their moment to shine at Thirsk on Friday when stable staff swap roles with jockeys.

It is the first time jockeys have volunteered to lead up for such a race in Britain, with the stable staff nominated to participate by their trainers in aid of Racing Welfare.

The Creditas Taking Care of Business Stable Staff Stakes will offer 12 members of the profession the opportunity to ride over a mile at the North Yorkshire course.

Many top northern riders have committed to taking part in the switch, as those involved bid to raise money for the charity.

Leah Cooper, who will be led out by jockey Lewis Edmunds to ride Mossy's Lodge for Rebecca Menzies, said: "I'm 17 and it’s my ambition to get my amateur licence out later this year, so riding in the Thirsk race will give me a great experience.

Rachel Richardson is among the riders taking part off the track
"It means a lot to me because my family have all worked in racing, but none of them have been jockeys."

Also among the runners is Michael Herrington's Southwell specialist Kommander Kirkup, who will be led in by Sam James and ridden by the trainer's wife Helen Lloyd-Herrington.

She said: "I've always wanted to ride on the racecourse and this year I thought I should give it a go in memory of my father and aunt, who both passed away this year having been diagnosed with cancer.

"My father was involved in the bloodstock industry all his working life, and I think he would have been chuffed I gave it a go."

A racing saddle will be presented to the winning jockey and the race is at 1.30pm.

Full field of 12:

Rider Chloe Briody
Trainer Richard Fahey
Horse Golconda Prince 
Jockey Groom Barry McHugh

Rider April Clarke
Trainer Jedd O'Keeffe
Horse Rebel State
Jockey Groom Ben Curtis

Rider Leah Cooper
Trainer Rebecca Menzies
Horse Mossy's Lodge
Jockey Groom Lewis Edmunds

Rider Lisa Dix
Trainer Michael Mullineaux
Horse Anton Dolin
Jockey Groom James Sullivan

Rider Helen Herrington
Trainer Michael Herrington
Horse Kommander Kirkup
Jockey Groom Sam James

Rider Amy Lawrence
Trainer Marjorie Fife
Horse Red Charmer
Jockey Groom PJ McDonald

Rider Roberto Leighton
Trainer Tim Easterby
Horse Relight My Fire 
Jockey Groom Rachel Richardson

Rider Gareth Newmarch
Trainer Scott Dixon
Horse San Souci Bay
Jockey Groom Paddy Mathers

Rider Charlotte Revell
Trainer Karen Tutty       
Horse Dasheen
Jockey Groom Gemma Tutty

Rider Olyn Sayer
Trainer Iain Jardine
Horse Archipeligo
Jockey Groom Andrew Mullen

Rider Jasmin Waldock
Trainer Antony Brittain
Horse Hussar Ballad
Jockey Groom Clifford Lee

Rider Daniel Bembridge
Trainer Scott Dixon
Horse Break The Silence
Jockey Groom Jason Hart

Those who wish to donate to Racing Welfare can head to and select any of the participating riders' fundraising pages.

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I've always wanted to ride on the racecourse and this year I thought I should give it a go in memory of my father and aunt

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