Racing Staff Week, which celebrates the hard-working employees of British horseracing, will take place between June 24 and July 1 and this year’s event will see five charity races open to stable staff, applications for which are being accepted until May 7.

Trainers are welcome to nominate staff to take part in the charity races at – or staff members are welcome to apply themselves.

The five races are taking place across the country on the following dates:

• June 24 – Ayr racecourse (6f)
• June 26 – Chepstow racecourse (1m2f)
• June 27 – Newbury racecourse (1m)
• June 29 – Newcastle racecourse (1m)
• June 29 – Nottingham racecourse (6f)

Michael Vokins, who works for trainer from Harry Eustace, was the victor in one of last year’s stable staff races, the Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster. He said: “Riding in the race was an unbelievable experience. It gives you a small insight into what our jockeys are seeing and doing when we take our own horses to the races, and just to experience another side to being at the races that we don’t often see.

“Winning the race was just unbelievable, nothing compares to that winning feeling when you cross the line and know you’ve won. There’s just no way of describing it. Magical stuff!”

Racing Staff Week, organised by Racing Welfare and sponsored by Betfair, brings the racing industry and its followers together to celebrate racing staff and showcase their passion, skills and dedication across the breadth of the industry.

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