Peter Hammersley’s team currently head the overall yard list for the Best Turned Out Championship during the 2017 Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season, with 14 awards. The leading groom title is divided in to two categories, yards with 10 or more horses, with Ria Tillet (of Collington Racing) ahead in that category; whilst Jayme Plumb and Sarah Davenport are tied at the top of the table of yards with less than 10 horses. Racing Welfare is sponsoring the overall championship with a trophy to the leading yard and cash awards of £125 to the two top grooms which will be presented at the ARO Season Finale to be run at Huntingdon on September 23.
Racing Welfare is the only charity to support all people who work in racing, from recruitment to retirement, and their services are also available to those working with Arabian racehorses, not just thoroughbreds. They also confirmed the appointment of ARO registered amateur jockey, Ellie MacKenzie as the new Racing Welfare Jockey Ambassador for Arabian Racing this season, further raising their profile in the sport.
ARO Racing Operation Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “ARO welcomes the involvement of Racing Welfare in Arabian racing and the sponsorship of the Best Turned Out Championship is a great incentive for the hard-working staff in our sport. Racing Welfare also sponsored the individual Best Turned Out Awards at the UAE Abu Dhabi Day at Chelmsford City and each winning groom received a cash prize and a Racing Welfare gilet. We wish all the yards and their grooms the best of luck for the remainder of the season.”