I love this time of year; as we get closer to the races we hear from lots of old friends, see familiar faces and make new acquaintances.
it’s not just racegoers, there’s also the army of helpers who assist in the
staging of race-days too. Our administrative team, in the racecourse office,
doubled in strength last week when Lois and Chloe turned up to assist Naomi and
Pam. Together they are answering telephone enquiries and packing thousands of
tickets which have been booked in advance. We’re dealing with roughly four
times the number of ticket orders that we’d normally have for the May meeting,
so it’s quite a task. They’re getting through it all, so if you’ve booked tickets
and are still waiting for them to arrive – don’t worry, they’ll be on their way
on the track, Gary and Martyn have been joined by Tim, Brad, Paul, Mike, David,
Birdy, Woody and Tony – as they build fences, mow grass, erect signage and mark
out parking spaces. Factor in regular appearances from Ros, Derek and Sarah and
you’ll find that the racecourse team has expanded almost five-fold.
we couldn’t put the races on without scores of contractors too. Today we’ve got
teams on site from Field & Lawn Marquees, PSR Marquees, Dr Loo, Alan
Morphet (who’s rebuilding a dry-stone wall we decided to knock down last week)
and of course Andy Yool the plumber – who seems to be here all the time; I
wonder if he’s actually moved in to the Cricket Pavilion in the centre of the
morning we had a visit from John and Matthew, who work for Best Services, to
reinstate one of several lightning conductors protecting the grandstand. They
brought a cherry-picker with them which was really handy, because we also
needed to wash the glass canopy above the entrance to the Louis Roederer
Restaurant, which is really awkward to reach when you're hanging off a ladder. I gave them a bucket of soapy
water and a sponge and they were kind enough to do the job for me - so now we've got a clean glass canopy and we're safe from lightning. Thank you bestservices.co.uk !
who stands still long enough is given a job. In fact, I really need to
apologise to Emma and Ollie – who visited the racecourse recently to discuss
their forthcoming wedding celebration at the races on Bank Holiday Monday.
Having mistaken them for a fresh pair of casual employees, I was on the verge
of putting their names down to sell racecards next weekend. Emma was good
enough to say that they’d consider all the options, although I got the
impression that Ollie thought they might be better off with their friends and
relatives in the hospitality chalet.
far no one has offered any help with this week’s selection, so you’ll only have
me to blame if Moon Racer gets beaten at Stratford on Saturday evening.