“The best part is working the big days and being behind the scenes when the best horses and jockeys are in action”
Sam Angell – Stipendiary Steward
A typical day involves doing around an hours prep at home before setting off to the racecourse. Depending on the days racing and likely traffic, we try to arrive on course around three to four hours before the first race.
Once on course, there’s some more prep work to do before a briefing with the rest of the racecourse team an hour or so before racing begins. As soon as we are on course and throughout the day, our role is to ensure that the rules of racing are adhered to and any possible breaches dealt with accordingly.
My father has always worked in racing and, having grown up on a racing yard, I inevitably picked up the bug. I spent several years getting as much experience as I could across the industry, as well as studying for a degree in Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management at Oxford Brookes.
My passion for racing led me to stumble across an advert for a trainee Stipendiary Steward when looking for a job after university. I thought it sounded interesting, and so decided to give it a go. Three years on and here I am.
One of my favourite things about the job is the variety day-to-day, as every meeting is different to the last. But the best part has to be the opportunity to work the big days and be behind the scenes when the best horses and jockeys are in action.
Get as much experience as you can and never be afraid to ask questions would be my advice if you have any ambitions of becoming a Stipe.