Exciting Mentoring and Leadership training will help develop your team

The National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) is set to expand its educational programmes to include a qualification in Mentoring, Leadership and Team Skills after securing a £100,000 funding partnership agreement with the country’s largest independent bookmaker, Jenningsbet.

Up to 28 Students each year will have the chance to study for the ILM Level 2 Introduction to Mentoring and ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills on a 12-week course delivered by West Suffolk College, with the first enrolments in September 2018.

George McGrath CEO of NARS said, “I know this course will be very popular and is much needed. The reality is that there are already a number of staff who act as mentors, and our view is that they should be recognised with a government qualification.

The support we are set to receive from Jenningsbet is outstanding and is an excellent example of bookmakers’ commitment to the future strength and prosperity of the sport at all levels, especially at a time when many aspects of the future funding of the sport remain uncertain.”

The NTF sees this training as a perfect fit with the aims of The Winning Approach, the industry standard we developed to underpin the Lycetts Team Champion Award.

Greg Knight CEO of Jenningsbet said, “Racing has identified a problem in retaining young people coming into racing and we think a mentoring system in which experienced racing staff are taught how to bring through the next generation will be an important tool. At the end of the day racing staff keep the whole show on the road – our shops wouldn’t be able to function without horseracing and make the media rights payments and levy contributions we make without the staff in the yards. We have a moral responsibility to recognise that.”

Roadworks affecting access to M6toll

From 12th March, there will be a series of night time full carriageway closures (21:00-06:00) of the M6 from junctions 2-4 as part of the conversion of the M6 into an “all-lane running” smart motorway. These closures will be in place on and off over the next 2 years. There is a useful timetable for the latest closures click here

As a user of the M6toll, your journeys may be affected by this as closures will impact access to / from the M6 at the southern end of the M6toll. Access to the M42 will not be impacted. During the M6 closures, diversionary routes will be put in place potentially adding extra time to your journey.

M6 toll services show routes that best suits your situation. The fastest of these options may still add 20 mins to your journey versus your current M6toll routing.

There are four SB options and two NB options for routing during these closures. The detail of these is shown on the document in the link above but in summary they are:-

Route   Added miles* Added time* Note
Highways England stated diversion · M6toll / M42 SB to J6

· M42 NB to A5

· A5 and M69 to M6 J2

24 miles 40 mins LOW BRIDGE ON ROUTE – 4.6m max
Alternative A
· M6toll / M42 SB to J6

· A45 to A46

· A46 to M6 J2

8 miles 20 mins  
Alternative B
· Exit M6toll at T4

· A5 and M69 to M6 J2

4.5 miles 20 mins LOW BRIDGE ON ROUTE – 4.6m max
Alternative C
· Exit M6toll at T2

· M42 NB to A5

· A5 and M69 to M6 J2

10 miles 25 mins LOW BRIDGE ON ROUTE – 4.6m max
Highways England stated diversion · Exit M6 at J2 to M69

· M69 NB and A5 WB

· Join M6toll at T4

4.5 miles 20 mins LOW BRIDGE ON ROUTE – 4.6m max
Alternative A
· Exit M6 at J2 to A46

· A46 SB to A45

· A45 WB to M42 J6

· M42 NB to M6toll

8 miles 20 mins  

* Compared to normal M6toll routing based on best estimates

If you have any queries contact M6toll via customer.services@m6toll.co.uk.


Grand National course walk available this weekend

BHA Jockey Coach, Brian Harding, will be available on Saturday morning to walk the Grand National course with any riders who would like to do so. Jockeys who are having their first or second ride over the Grand National course will walk it with Brian; and likewise any with less experience over the Grand National course.

Harry Cobden was recently quoted about the value of the course walk: “Aintree trialled the course walks with a Jockey Coach at the Grand National meeting and I thought it was a great idea, so walked the course with Carl Llewellyn on the Friday ahead of the Topham Chase. I subsequently won on Ultragold and Carl’s advice and insight proved invaluable, so much so I walked the course with him again the next day before the Grand National! Whilst luck wasn’t to be repeated I did complete the course on Just A Par and I couldn’t recommend this initiative enough.”

Brian will be available from first thing in the morning and is happy to walk the course as many times as necessary. We hope that you are willing to encourage jockeys to utilise Brian and his experience. Brian’s numbers are 017684 80960, 07968 863068 for anyone who would like to liaise direct with regard to walking time.

Thank you for your Award nominations

We were delighted with your response to the call for nominations in the inaugural running of the Lycetts Team Champion Award. At the close of nominations on Friday the number submitted had exceeded the target so we would like to say a big thank you for the huge efforts made by trainers and their staff in nominating yards.

This gives us a wonderful opportunity to fulfil the aims of the award –

  • Showcase the great places to work in British racing stables;
  • Raise awareness of what ‘good’ looks like in managing staff; and
  • The positive results of developing a team that works well together.

This week our judging panel will begin scoring the nominations in accordance with the criteria set out in the entry form. Later this month, two shortlists will be announced comprising the four highest scoring yards with 40 or more, and fewer than 40 horses. In January the judges will visit those eight yards with the winning stable in each category presented with their £4000 prize at the NTF’s Annual General Meeting at the Institute of Directors on 22nd February.

Mary Reveley

The NTF sends sincerest condolences to the family of Mary Reveley, who has died suddenly.

In her career as a trainer Mary saddled a huge volume of winners across both codes. She was from that rare seam of trainers whose fundamental horse knowledge enables them to bring out each horse’s full potential whatever its characteristics and aptitudes.

Her understated success gained her the respect of fellow trainers and at the NTF we benefited from her wise thoughts on racing matters.

Have your say on British racecourses

The Racecourse Association is requesting the help of trainers to get a better understanding of the key reasons for running horses at their Racecourses. A joint letter from the RCA and NTF Presidents inviting you to participate can be read at the link below.

Trainers Survey – letter from RCA and NTF Presidents

By completing the survey below, the results will enable racecourses to better understand the entry process and ultimately how they can improve the experience for trainers and owners. The survey has a number of generalities which have been necessary for practical reasons. However the RCA hopes the survey can be used to drive positive change and help to inform prize money and spending decisions.