The Betfair Clock Tower Cup

Stable Staff Charity Race

The Betfair Clock Tower Cup

The Betfair Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster Racecourse is part of the 2017 Racing Staff Week.  The charity race, in which trainers nominate members of their staff to ride is now in its third year.


The Clock Tower Cup will be run over a straight seven furlongs.

The winner of the 2016 running of this race was Tory Todd riding Tanawar for Ruth Carr

Race Details

The Stewards of The British Horseracing Authority have granted exemptions from the effects of Rule 204 (ii)(6) for this race as it is being run outside the Rules of Racing therefore it will not count for any purpose on the horse’s career record.

The Clock Tower Cup race will take place before the first race of the afternoon at approximately 1.00 pm. (time to be confirmed)

12 riders will be chosen and notified by Friday 23rd  June, with 3 reserves.

The winning rider will receive a prize with mementoes will be given to all participating riders.  Additionally, there will be a prize for the rider who raises the most sponsorship money.

Nomination by Trainer

The trainer of the horse and in turn, the employer of the stable staff, must make the nomination. In doing so they are confirming that both rider and horse are fit for the race and that the rider is of suitable experience and competency for taking part.

In declaring that the rider is employed by the yard, the trainer must confirm the frequency of when they ride. As registered stable staff they are exempt from the BHA guidance rule that stipulates riders must undertake a training and assessment day before partaking in a charity race.

About the race

  • Maximum of 12 riders
  • 7 furlong race on the flat with a flag start
  • The race is to be run ‘hands and heels’ style.
  • Whips may be carried, but are to be used for correction only.
  • A rider who uses a whip other than for correction purposes will be interviewed by the racecourse Stewards who at their discretion may impose a fine of £200, to be paid to Racing Welfare.  In cases of severe use of the whip, at their discretion the Stewards may disqualify the horse and rider, placing them last.
  • A jockey coach will be in attendance and riders are required to walk the course with the coach two hours before the race.  Riders are also required to attend a briefing with the jockey Coach following the course walk.


  • Riders must be over the age of 16 to participate in the Race.
  • Riders must be in current employment as stable staff of registered training yard and must NOT have ridden more than three winners under rules or have held a professional apprentice and conditional licence within the past five years.
  • The rider must have been employed with the nominating yard for a minimum of three months.
  • Riders may only use approved whips and must wear skullcaps and Safety Vests as under the Rules of Racing
  • Riders must hold suitable rider insurance for liability and personal accident.
  • Minimum weight 10 stone; jockeys may carry overweight without incurring a penalty.
  • Should riders need to borrow equipment from the valets, would they please advise Mary-Ann Sandercock – in advance of the raceday so that she can give the valets advance notice.


  • Horses must be registered with BHA and be rated 46 to 70*. 
  • Horses must be 4 years old and upwards.
  • Horses must currently be in training.
  • Horses must have run at least 3 times under the recognised Rules of Racing.
  • The horse must be from the same yard as the rider is currently employed.
  • A copy of the horse ID page and vaccination page of the passport must be submitted with the entry.
  • All horses taking part in the race must be vaccinated in accordance with Rule (E)18 of the Rules of Racing and a record of these vaccinations must be available for inspection on the day as per rule (E)19.
  • Stabling will be provided.


Successful riders will agree to meet the minimum sponsorship pledge of £250 which must be banked with Racing Welfare by Monday, 26th June. Failure to meet any one of the sponsorship deadlines may result in that rider forfeiting their place in the race, which will then be offered to a reserve rider.

*There will be a degree of flexibility with horses ratings – if a horse’s rating has been increased to no more than 75 between the 1st June and 1st July 2017, then it will still be eligible to run.

If you are a trainer wishing to nominate a member of staff, or a member of staff wishing to ride in the race, please contact Mary-Ann Sandercock for more details  07790 844887 or

Download a Nomination Form ► Click Here

Kindly sponsored by Betfair.