A-Z of Careers

A brief overview of the many jobs in the industry. Some of these jobs are very specialised like being a Betting Analyst. Other jobs, such as Racing Grooms, Work Riders and Stud Hands are readily available.

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  • Racecourse Executive A Racecourse Executive can be responsible for a variety of areas at a …

    A Racecourse Executive can be responsible for a variety of areas at a racecourse. Often they will speak to sponsors, arrange presentations, sort out the trophies and prizes following a race and carry out general office duties on non-race days. The skills required for this role include good communications skills, organisational skills and being able to work as part of a team.

  • Racecourse Safety Officer Each racecourse has a Safety Officer to ensure that the Police, Security …

    Each racecourse has a Safety Officer to ensure that the Police, Security Team and Managing Executive are in control and in contact.  You’ll be responsible for producing careful incident plans which will enable you to do everything from making emergency public addresses to deploying personnel swiftly to trouble spots in the event of an incident.

  • Racing Groom A Racing Groom is responsible for the care and exercise of racehorses, it …

    A Racing Groom is responsible for the care and exercise of racehorses, it is a key role in the racing industry. A lot of people, including many successful Trainers and Jockeys, would start their career as a Racing Groom.

    The job of Racing Groom is the most common route into the racing industry for young people, the first step in becoming a Racing Groom is to complete the Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care which you can do through the Training Providers. To find out more about the work of a Racing Groom read the Case Study or take a look at our Racing Groom guide.

    There is also lots of information available on the Racing Groom website and You Tube channel including useful videos on What to Wear when, for example, leading up at the races in the winter and summer. Find out more about racinggroom.com here.

     

  • Racing Secretary The role of a Racing Secretary can be very varied.  The mornings tend to be …

    The role of a Racing Secretary can be very varied.  The mornings tend to be very busy and the first important deadline is declarations for runners the next day, which have to be made by 10am.  This involves finding out the ground, opposition and jockeys available to make an informed decision on running plans. Other duties include doing the monthly wages, race entries, liaising with owners, updating website/social media, making sure the health and safety regulations are met and ordering supplies.

    To find out more about the work of a Racing Secretary read the Case Study. Both the Northern Racing College and British Racing School run Racing Secretary Training Courses, if you would like to start a job as a Racing Secretary it is recommended you attend this course.

     

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