Monday, 2 April 2012

The Battle of the Clerk Vs the PA – who will win?

One month from today two Ascot members of staff will go head to head on the race track in a bid to raise money for BHEST (British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust).

Our Clerk of the Course, Chris Stickels will race against his PA, Beccy Green, the duo will compete against other aspiring jockeys for the ‘The Racing to School Frankel Challenge Trophy’ on Wednesday 2nd May.

BHEST is a Racing to School charity, British horseracing’s free education programme that aims to engage pupils of all backgrounds and ages in the UK by running a wide range of learning activities.

The rivalry is already fierce in the office, so we're looking forward to a thrilling race on 2nd May, at the Moss Bros Free Raceday.

Learn a little more about these two aspiring jockeys:

Chris – Clerk of the Course
Age: 42
Height: 5ft 7 (May not be exact!)
Weight: 11 stone (May not be exact!)
Name of horse: Not confirmed but it might be Mahadee
Training regime: Ride out twice a week in the mornings and ride either Big Bucks or Yeats aka the equicizers once a week.
Favourite food: A good old fashioned Sunday Roast
Favourite racing hero: Big Bucks
Previous experience: Not ridden in a charity race before
Chance of winning the race: Outside chance
Will you beat Beccy? Of course.

Beccy – PA to the Clerk of the Course

Age: 32
Height: 5ft 9
Weight: Not telling!
Name of horse: This information is top secret at the moment but I will reveal all in a couple of weeks.
Training regime: Occasionally will go for run but probably more like a walk! Ride out 3 times a week early in the morning and ride Big Bucks or Yeats aka the equicizers 2 to 3 times a week
Favourite food: Grapes i.e. Wine
Favourite racing hero: My own horse, Another General.
Previous experience: Ridden in 3 charity races before, came 2nd, 3rd and 5th. I just haven’t won yet.
Chances of winning the race: Well occasionally 100 to 1 are winners! 
Will you beat Chris? Will try even if it kills me.

Follow their training on @AscotInsider over the next month until their big day, when we’ll see who will win the battle of, the Clerk V the PA.

To witness their battle, tickets start from £13.50 in advance for Premier Admission. Grandstand Admission has now Sold Out. To book call 0844 346 3000 or visit

If you would like to make their early mornings and mileage to ride out worth their efforts, you can donate by visiting their Just Giving Page.

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