Racing is getting rid of the terms stable lads and stable lasses under a new industry initiative.

George McGrath, chief executive of the National Association of Stable Staff, which has more than 6,600 members, welcomed the move.

“It's about moving forward and giving a professional workforce a professional name," he said.

“The general public who don’t understand racing when hearing lads and lasses conjures up an image of a pre-teenager who loves horses living above the barn, which is so far from reaiity.

“I always use 'racing staff' and I know nine out of ten filling a form in a bank put down agricultural labourer when applying for loans or mortgages as if that's better than what they do.

“We needed to create a more professional image.”

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