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Newmarket struggles with a shortage of stable staff

Race horse trainers in Newmarket have say they're struggling to find stable staff.

The Suffolk town, considered the home of British horse racing, has been hit by a nationwide shortage of stable workers.

A new scheme was launched last year to help recruit more students and it will run again this summer.

Race horse trainers in Newmarket are struggling to recruit Credit: ITV News

Grooms and stable hands say they love the job, but it's physically demanding with long unsociable hours.

Charlotte Tudor, a groom, described how she works Monday to Saturday with only every second weekend off: "You come in at 6am. Muck out 3 sometimes 4 (stables). Finish about 11.30 am or 12.00 and then you've got the afternoon off. Then you come back at 4pm then you finish about 5/6ish."

The union that represents racing staff, The National Association of Racing Staff, say a better work-life balance is key to addressing a dwindling work-force.

An industry union say a better work-life balance is key to attracting more staff Credit: ITV News