There are a ton of people wandering around a racecourse – and a lot of them actually work there (Racing officials, connections, sponsors, ‘big names’ etc). Here’s our quick Rookies Guide – Who’s Who!
Amateur – riders who are not professional jockeys. Mr, Mrs, Captain, etc. with their names on race cards, indicate their amateur status.
Apprentice – young jockey learning Flat racing with a contract to a trainer while he or she is learning the business of race riding.
BHA – British Horseracing Authority – the governing body for racing in Britain.
Clerk of the Course – the person responsible for running the raceday; if you find the person who looks the most worried on any given raceday, then that’s probably the Clerk of the Course.
Clerk of the Scales – the person responsible for checking a jockey’s weight against the allocated weight the horse is allowed to carry.
Conditional jockey – a National Hunt apprentice.
Jockey – a horseracing rider.
Jockey Club – Historically, the founding body in British racing. Currently they own and operate fifteen racecourses and have various other associated functions.
Judge – the person responsible for declaring the finishing order of a race and the distances between the runners.
Owner – the person or syndicate who owns a particular racehorse.
Starter – the official responsible for starting the race fairly.
Stewards – the panel of stewards are responsible for maintaining the rules of racing on racedays. Their word is law, no arguing allowed.
Sponsor – a business that pays for advertising rights over a race or horse.
Tipster – a racing pundit who advises on likely winners and losers.
Trainer – the person responsible for looking after and preparing a horse for racing.
Valet – assistant responsible for looking after a jockey’s ‘Stuff’.