A few weeks ago I started working odd days at my local racetrack. I do all sorts of odd jobs there, but usually checking peoples passes to be allowed in certain areas and general customer service type work. However, on Saturday, I was lucky enough to have a very different shift!
I didn’t know what I was going to be doing until I arrived and signed in. That night I was going to be in the Winners Connections box. I had never heard of this before as it was an area where full time staff tend to work. On arriving there, I was told what my job would be for the night and I couldn’t believe it!
The Winners Connections box over looks the pre parade ring and the winners enclosure. The first part of my job would be to watch the horses in the pre parade ring before each race and ‘judge’ the best turned out horse before going and giving them the prize for that race.
I then got to watch the race in the comfort of my warm glass box before getting the trophy ready for the race winner. I would take the trophy to the winners enclosure and congratulate the owners before inviting them back to our box for food, champagne and letting them watch their race back on the TV.
It was a brilliant night and it was just a shame that there weren’t too many owners there last night as it is a great way to meet people in the industry! I’d love to be able to do this job again, but I think it might have been a one off thing…