Two places to fill in George Frewer Memorial Race for stable staff

The George Frewer Memorial race is a key event in Racing Welfare’s ‘Racing Staff Week’ , which is a national programme between 1st and 8th July supporting the dedication and professionalism of  stable staff.  Trainers  and owners are getting involved and sponsoring the staff in the race, which is sponsored by Fullers Breweries and takes place at 5:20pm  on Thursday 6th July 2017 run over the straight mile at Newbury.

There are two places left to fill so if any stable employee would like to take part supported by their employing trainer please contact Samantha Debenham Tel:  07798526745 or 0118 983 2099  email:

Racing Staff week supports the stable staff who are the backbone of the racing industry and this race is a wonderful opportunity to bring together, owners, trainers, staff and punters to raise money for such worthwhile causes

Ufton Court is a thriving and innovative children’s charity, based in Thatcham.  They work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds raising their aspirations and attainment and helping them to develop the vital life skills they need to overcome the challenges they face.




Check your pension statement to avoid unnecessary costs

The NTF Friends Life June pension statements showing contributions being deducted from trainer’s accounts are currently in the process of being sent out by Weatherbys. Trainers who are now using an auto enrollment scheme for stable employee pensions, do not have to continue contributing to the Friends Life scheme.

For trainers who have completed auto enrollment, it is vital to check these statements to ensure no monies are being collected for the Friends Life scheme for employees within your auto enrollment scheme.  If when you check your sheet you see any contributions which should not be deducted, then contact Weatherbys immediately since once the monies have been transferred to Friends Life they cannot be refunded.

Clarification about paperless post-race testing records

Last week the BHA announced the introduction of a paperless system for recording post-race testing information. It begins this week at Royal Ascot. As well as minimizing the risk of errors and creating a more secure, efficient and eco-friendly process, the technology allows the BHA to seamlessly collect and transmit testing data to test management databases. It will also allow a more data-driven, strategic approach to the deployment of the BHA’s anti-doping resources in the medium and longer-term.

We first referred this technology in the May June edition of the NTF printed newsletter and the NTFW dated 25 April. Those articles were principally about the new standard form for recording the same information. When asked last week why both were necessary, Tessa Muir, BHA Anti-Doping Manager, explained that the form is for all types of equine testing; at this stage the app will only be used for post-race testing. In addition, the form was created as a backup if for any reason there were to be a technical difficulty with the app or the smartphone.

Help with Model Agreement for apprenticeships

NTFW and the printed newsletter have reported recently on the Governments reforms to the apprenticeship programme. These came into effect on 1st May together with a new funding mechanism.

Trainers with employees on the programme will receive from the training provider a Model Framework Agreement (relating to Apprenticeship Training for Non-Levy Funded Employers.) It looks complicated but Duncan Gregory at the British Racing School clarified to us that

  • It is a generic document to be used across all sectors delivering apprenticeships
  • It looks more onerous than it is. In reality little has changed in terms of obligations
  • Do read the explanatory notes written by Anna Hall of Edmondson Hall solicitors
  • Any trainer concerned by the document may contact the BRS so that any uncertainties can be explained.

Therefore do feel free to contact your training provider for an explanation if required.