Georgia Toffolo takes over at Newbury Racecourse
TV personality Georgia Toffolo continued her journey around UK racecourses as a roving reporter at the Weatherbys Super Sprint Day starring Tom Jones at Newbury Racecourse.
Taking over the Great British Racing Instagram channel once again, the avid horse racing fan shared her experience of swapping jobs with a number of people around the racecourse to showcase the wide-variety of roles that contribute to a fantastic day of racing.
Beginning her day at Newbury on the racetrack, Toff meet up with the race starter, who showed her how he starts each race before giving her a chance to try it herself.
She also met Clerk of the Scales Robert Cuthbert when visiting the Weighing Room to try her hand at weighing jockeys in and out, before Clerk of the Course, Keith Ottensen, explained the art of preparing a racetrack.
Following some trackside insight, Georgia then turned the microphone on ITV Racing presenter Oli Bell in an amusing job swap to test her broadcast skills as a horseracing TV presenter.
“Interviewing Oli was definitely a highlight of today and I think we both enjoyed the role reversal – I certainly relished being on the other side of the microphone for once! He’s such a pro and ITV do an amazing job of covering the races so it was a wonderful opportunity,” Georgia said.
Oli, who has been a presenter with ITV for three years, enjoyed the exchange as well, saying, “Georgia did a wonderful job and we had a lot of fun with it. She’s a natural!”
With over 20,000 people in attendance at Newbury today, Georgia realised through her job swaps just how many people are required to put on such a spectacular day.
“I never knew how many people work tirelessly behind the scenes to make a day at the races so enjoyable and it was great to meet some of them today. Newbury is a beautiful racecourse and it always puts on fantastic racing, hospitality and entertainment,” she said.
Over the next few months, Georgia will visit four more racecourses across the UK in her continued efforts to showcase everything that an amazing race day has to offer both on and off the track. She next appears on Thursday 1st August at Ladies Day during the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Horse racing is the second biggest spectator sport in the country, with six million people attending each year. As well as top class sporting action, a day at the races is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy a day out with friends and family.