Page 3, 18th September 1987

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Page 3, 18th September 1987 — Sympathy from stable boy

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Organisations: Jockey Club, Catholic Church
People: Nicholas Coote


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Sympathy from stable boy

THE family wanting a day out on Sunday may soon be able to add racing to the list of spectator sports such as cricket and football already on offer on the traditional day of rest.

The Jockey Club has announced plans to persuade the government to change the betting laws by 1989 so that punters may ply their trade on Sundays with the Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup impinging on the Sabbath.

The proposed change in the betting laws has encountered stringent opposition from MPs who led the keep Sunday special campaign.

Nicholas Coote, Assistant General-Secretary to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, confirmed that in principal the Catholic Church would be against such a measure. "It is in the interests of society to have a special day in the week free from commercialisation and compulsory labour."

As a former stable boy himself Mr Coote sympathised with _those who had to contend with preparing the horses for racing on a Sunday. He remarked on the television coverage of the issue which depicted stable boys as "less than pleased" about the prospect of working on Sunday.

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