A WELL-KNOWN face at Uttoxeter racecourse is celebrating 25 years as clerk of the course.
Charlie Moore, clerk at Uttoxeter Racecourse, reached the silver milestone this week, and his colleagues ordered him a celebration cake to mark the occasion.
Mr Moore said he is privileged to have worked in such a fantastic industry for so long.
He said: “It has been a privilege to serve in such a fantastic industry for so long and a pleasure to work with so many wonderful people, not just during my time at Uttoxeter but throughout my career.
“It’s a unique job, it only exists in racing and it’s a job where you are always learning and always thinking outside the box.
“Long may it continue.
“One of the best things about the job is the people.
“The second thing is the variety of events we have at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
“There’s 24/7 activity all year round.
“On the racing side of things the improvements to the surface have been great and our two feature races this year – the Midlands National with David Pipe winning for the fourth time and the development of our Summer Cup which happened on Sunday.”
David Macdonald said: “Charlie started work in racing with Racecourse Holdings Trust (RHT) as clerk of the course and general manager at Market Rasen in June 1989, just three days after leaving the Army on Salisbury Plain.
“His interest in racing was through his own riding successes and the rejuvenation of the popular point-to-point course at Larkhill.
“He also introduced several military riders to the thrills and skills of race riding.
“At Market Rasen he persuaded the board to join the courses opting for summer jumping before creating their Summer Plate and Summer Hurdle races that are now so popular.
“He soon took on the role of jumps clerk at Doncaster for John Sanderson and then added Nottingham to his duties.
“He has clerked at no less than 22 different courses around the country from Chepstow in the South West to Sedgefield in the North East. He has excelled as a tutor for Trainee Clerks of the Course, Lisa Hancock and Kirkland Tellwright are two of the embryo stars to seek his help.
“He left RHT in 2002 when, after six months at Towcester, he joined Northern Racing eventually taking on more racing orientated roles in their Head Office.
“However, it was always as a clerk of the course that he excelled.
“Now based here at Uttoxeter only a few miles from his home in Ashbourne his enthusiasm, dedication and commitment have not dimmed at all as he sets an example for others to follow.”