February 2015

samcone

February 2015

February 2015


contents

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DCMS / Racing Right

17

RaceTech

04

Racing Together

18

RaceTech

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RCA 'On Tour' Blog

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Sponsorship

06

GBR

20

5 Minutes of Fame

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GBR

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Channel 4 Racing

08

Raceday Experience Group

22

Channel 4 Racing

09

RCA Race Planning

23

BASICS

10

RCA Race Planning

24

Medical / Badges & PASS

11

HBLB

25

Technical

12

BHA

26

Technical

13

BHA

27

Go Racing in Yorkshire

14

BHA

28

TRC

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Racegoers Club

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Diary Dates / Contributors List

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Racegoers Club


DCMS Launches Consultation

into Racing Right

The RCA is pleased to see the Government’s launch of

the consultation on the introduction of a racing right, as

promised in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

The consultation closes on 12 March and the RCA will

be playing its part in developing the official British Racing

response, alongside colleagues from BHA, and the

Horsemen’s Group.

Chief Executive Stephen Atkin said, ‘We are pleased

to see the launch of this consultation, as we believe

that the racing right will provide the fair and sustainable

funding model for our sport, as we explained in Racing's

submission to the earlier Public Consultation, which was

circulated to members last year. We will be fleshing out the

detail of the racing right in our responses to this current

Consultation'.

‘At our Parliamentary Reception in November, we were

encouraged by the cross-party support that racing has in

both Houses for a fair and sustainable funding mechanism,

and we are grateful to the Minister for Sport, Helen

Grant, for recognising the significant contribution that

racing makes both on a national level, and within local

communities across the country.’

The RCA will keep Members up to date with the

consultation and other political issues via the weekly

update bulletin as well as more in depth political updates

as we move towards the General Election in May.

For more information, please contact Sam Cone on 01344

626067 or email: sam.cone@racecourseassociation.co.uk

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Racing Together

What is Racing Together

Racing Together is integral to the way British Racing

engages with its wider community. It provides for those

who make up our industry, sustains our future and

ensures our success is shared by the communities in

which we operate.

Racing Together Supports Give and Gain Day

We’re delighted to announce that Racing Together

will be supporting Give and Gain Day 2015 on Friday

15 May. Now in its sixth year, Give and Gain Day

celebrates businesses volunteering within their local

communities, and is organised by industry experts

Business in the Community.

and team challenges. Each of these elements are

fundamental to British Racing which is why this initiative

is an ideal fit for Racing Together.

Not only will participation in Give and Gain Day

provide fantastic exposure for Racing Together and the

community engagement within British Racing, but there

are clear business benefits to being involved. These

include:

• Ability to find out what is happening and what is

important within your local community.

• Creating long lasting relationships between your

business, staff and the surrounding area.

• Opportunity to demonstrate how you run your

business and your business values.

• Prospect of collaboration with other local

businesses, which could lead to new commercial

partnerships.

Get involved!

We’ll be in touch with all stakeholders offering the

opportunity to participate, but you can let us know now

(pswain@britishhorseracing.com) if you’d like to be a

part of this fantastic initiative.

This is the only organised national day of employee

volunteering available in Britain and forms part of a

global series in which 32 countries participate.

The theme of Give and Gain Day 2015 is harnessing

the ‘power of conversation’, and elements to consider

include health, education, employability, enterprise

Projects can be your own making or you can request a

bespoke project from Racing Together. Either way, your

engagement is the important thing and we look forward

to seeing British Racing come together to help local

communities across the country.

Visit http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/give-gain-day

for more information and follow @giveandgain and

#giveandgain!Racing – Looking after the people and

Paul Swain

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RCA ‘On Tour’ Blog

The RCA ‘On Tour’ Blog is bursting

with examples of best practice in

how to deliver the best customer

experience from around the leisure

and sports industries. Each month,

Update brings a bitesize chunk of a

blog to whet the appetite.

This month, with the RCA’s Pace

Yourself responsible drinking project

in mind, we look at how to create

the perfect coffee shop in 7 easy

steps.

The increasing appeal of the

independent coffee shop in today’s

food and beverage market has not

escaped the notice of the world

of racing. How could it when the

Independent Coffee shop is, it

seems, everywhere, occupying

both street corners and consumer’s

hearts. In fact the consumer’s

hankering for the charms of an

independent is so strong that

Starbucks have even set up three

new shops in Seattle taking on the

look and feel of an independent.

Not without controversy we might

add. Many racecourse teams

have expressed a desire to ‘step

away’ from the coffee shop chains

and create their own unique

independent coffee shops.

to bear in mind when it comes to

sweet treats.

As far as lunch is concerned,

doorstep sandwiches are a safe bet

but try to avoid processed fillers à la

tuna sweet-corn. Other interesting

lunch items include soups in the

winter, salads in the summer and

savoury tarts.

What’s in a name

When the time comes to name the

shop don’t be daunted. There are

certain formulas that work well and

are relatively easy to come up with.

The one we’d recommend is the

‘name & name’ formula whereby

you take two words or last names

and join them together with ‘and’.

If those don’t take your fancy then

why not come up with a coffeerelated

pun for example, Daily

Grind, Brewed Awakenings and our

personal favourite, Palpitations

The humorous names work

particularly well because they allow

the personality of the shop to shine

through.

Check out the full blog here for

the complete 7 step guide to your

perfect coffee shop!

Beans Glorious Beans

The first step to creating

Independent Coffee Shop Heaven

is a good quality, exotically/ethically

sourced, preferably locally roasted

coffee bean… A machine dispensing

electronic cappuccinos and lattes

simply will not do!

The Winning Menu

After making sure you’ve created

the right look-and-feel for your shop

it is time to consider the other vital

element to any independent café

and that is the menu. Customers

will expect an array of artisan baked

goods (try to achieve a 3-2-1 ratio

of muffins, brownies and cupcakes).

‘Classics done well’ is the thing

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Great British Racing

#CatchAPMcCoy

Following AP McCoy’s announcement that he is to retire

by the end of the season at Newbury last Saturday,

GBR will look to build awareness around this incredible

sportsman and his outstanding achievements amongst

the wider media and the public in general.

#CatchAPMcCoy has been launched to ensure that the

legions of McCoy fans around the country can see him

in action.

The launch of the hashtag will be first of a number of

initiatives we will be implementing during the countdown

to his final ride and the crowning of the Champion for a

20th consecutive year at Sandown Park on Saturday,

April 25, 2015.

To find out more and stay on top of where AP will be

racing follow Great British Racing on Twitter.

2014 Media Coverage Highlights

We’ve compiled a booklet comprising of our top media coverage for 2014 which you can download here.

Libby Britten

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Great British Racing

Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2015

We are currently working in conjunction with the BHA to help promote the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

2015 and the achievements of each of the 15 finalists to national, regional and broadcast media.

Highlights so far include Channel 4’s Morning Line visit to the Newmarket yards of the three Rider/Groom finalists,

Simon Archer at Sir Mark Prescott’s, Martyn Peake at Lady Cecil’s and Steve Nicholson at Ed Dunlop’s. Sky

Sports News, BBC South Today, BBC Look East and BBC Points West are all planning to air similar features

ahead of the awards ceremony later this month.

The Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2015 will be hosted by Clare Balding with special guest presenter Ryan Moore

and will take place on Monday 23 February at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge. To find out more

information and for the full list of finalists please visit the British Horseracing Authority website.

Welcome Charlie Austin

QPR striker Charlie Austin has

become the latest sports star to join

the ownership ranks.

Co-founding Excel Racing, Charlie

is targeting the syndicate ownership

market and already has six horses

in training with Willie Muir and Eve

Johnson Houghton.

Charlie has already proved to be an

asset to us, securing an interview

with the Daily Mail in late January.

Libby Britten

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Raceday Experience Group

The Raceday Experience Group met on Monday 26 January 2015.

At every REG meeting, each member of the group provides a new initiative that has been/will be actioned in the near

future at their racecourse. Highlights of January’s round-table included:

Racecourse

Ascot

Newbury

Hamilton Park

Musselburgh

The Racegoers Club

Harrison:Fraser

Initiative

Introduction of updated ticketing system.

Use of buggies to transport customers from the car park to the racecourse.

Upgrade of racecourse website to be responsive to pc/tablet/mobile. Investing in

permanent cover for outdoor spaces to improve customer experience.

Upgrade of the Lothian Suite with bespoke contemporary furniture and colour scheme.

Introduction of a new street food outlet for summer racing as a result of the current trend in

the food and beverage sector.

Reviewing national ticket offers to ensure they continue to serve the needs of racecourses.

Conducting research into the future of casual dining, could form a future study trip for the

Group ‘Street Food Grows Up’.

In addition, please find

below a summary of the key

discussions from the meeting:

2015 Showcase and Awards:

The Group agreed that

the 2015 Showcase and

Awards should maintain the

current ethos of celebrating

excellence and innovation

amongst British Racecourses.

It was also agreed that terms

on the judging panel should

be limited to three years,

and that entry forms would

be updated to include an

‘additional information’ slide.

The Group agreed the

RCA’s proposed new awards

categories, notably including

a social and digital media

award, which will be finalised

and promoted in due course.

RCA Excellence Accolades:

The Group supported the

proposal to introduce ‘RCA

Excellence Accolades’ in

association with VisitEngland

and VisitScotland as bolton

rewards of excellence

in specific areas of the

quality assured racecourse

assessment. The RCA will

work with both tourist boards

to progress this initiative.

The Horse Comes First:

The Group was asked to

inform the Horse Comes

First campaign (rohamilton@

britishhorseracing.com) of

any forthcoming racedays

focussing on equine welfare

so that additional resource

and collateral can be

provided.

BHA Customer Growth

Pillar: Rod Street, Chairman

of the BHA Customer

Growth Pillar, presented the

recommendations arising

from the scoping of this

work to the Group. It was

evident that the Group would

have an advocacy and

supporting role to play in

major projects including those

on sponsorship and brand

appeal, customer data and

social media.

Date of Next Meeting: The

date of the next meeting is

Monday 16 March at the BHA.

The Meeting was attended by:

Caroline Davies (RCA, Chair)

Ilona Barnett (Stratford-upon-Avon)

David Fraser (Harrison:Fraser)

Kelly Mercer (RCA/The Racegoers Club)

Vicky Paton (Ascot)

Paul Swain (RCA)

Bill Bailey (RCA/The Racegoers Club)

Rob Boobyer (Newbury)

Rob Hogarth (Musselburgh)

Ashley Moon (Hamilton Park)

Rod Street (GBR)

Paul Swain

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RCA Race Planning

Place Prizemoney Scheme Incentivising Competitive Racing

We are now more than 2 months into the extended

provision of place prizemoney scheme, which is

the main component of the Additional Voluntary

Contribution (AVC) fund being paid to the Levy by the

four largest retail bookmakers from 1 December 2014.

The payments apply for most race types at Class 2 to

6 on both Jumps and Flat, with the exceptions being

Flat Maiden Races, Novice and Maiden Hurdle Races,

National Hunt Flat Races, Selling and Claiming Races

and Hunter Chases.

This scheme has been implemented to help deliver a

more competitive British racing product and growth in

the Levy, and funds additional prize money as a top up

to existing payments, for horses finishing further down

the order.

Both the number of places paid and the payments

themselves vary by Class of race, as detailed beneath.

Class Payments Places

2 400 8

3 350 6

4 300 6

5 250 6

6 200 6

The introduction of this enhanced prize money scheme

- which, even for a horse finishing in 8th place, will

assist with covering the cost of sending a runner to the

racecourse – is expected to have a positive impact on

field sizes.

The extended prize money provision started on 1

December 2014, and is due to run until 31 December

2015.

The BHA is monitoring the scheme alongside its other

initiatives to improve field sizes, and will be reporting

regularly on the agreed performance indicators.

Delphic Race Planning Tool

The new Delphic Race-Planning Tool is beginning to go live from late January. The Delphic system is:

• A new online race-planning tool which will eventually replace the TRICL system used for race planning.

• Part of a complete overhaul of BHA’s systems, bringing them all together on to one website

• More intuitive and helpful in the programming races

The BHA is running a number of training days at Weatherbys during February and early March for those Managers

and Clerks with responsibility for race planning, and three clerks have begun proofing their races via the new online

tool.

If you have any questions about the new system or wish to book onto the training course, please contact Mike

Waring at the BHA - mwaring@britishhorseracing.com

Claire Sheppard

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RCA Race Planning

New Veterans Steeple Chase Series kicks off at Kelso

The AVC Fund is also being used to fund a valuable

series of races for Veteran Chasers, generating more

opportunities for quality 10-year-old-plus Chasers who

might have found winning chances limited in other

valuable races.

Both races held to date have certainly lived up to these

ambitions providing quality and competitive fields.

The first of the qualifier races was held at Kelso on 11

January, and attracted a field of 8 runners including

well-known names Lie Forrit, Cape Tribulation and Mr

Moonshine, and runners trained by David Pipe and

Venetia Williams.

The second race at Exeter on 8 February attracted a

14 strong field with Soll winning from the first time in

2 years, from a field including Burton Port, Chance du

Roy and Golden Chieftain.

The creation of the Veterans’ Chase Series has two

primary objectives. One is to provide a boost to Sunday

racing by creating a valuable, quality centrepiece race

on Sundays. Veterans’ Chases are very popular and

tend to attract good competitive fields.

The second objective is to provide more opportunities

for these quality horses to run, thus making use of the

horse population to generate races which will generate

competitive fields which are attractive from a betting

point of view.

The series will culminate in a final at Sandown on 2

January 2016. Each of the 10 qualifying races will have

a minimum total prize fund of £30,000 with the final

offering £100,000 in prize money. All horses that start

in one of the qualifying races will be eligible to enter the

Final.

This is just one of the initiatives the BHA have

announced to positively address the issues of small field

sizes, which will also be an objective for the expenditure

of the remaining AVC funding, which is currently being

finalised.

Claire Sheppard

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Horserace Betting

Levy Board

14 New Research Projects and Three

New Scholarships to Start in 2015

The Horserace Betting Levy Board

(HBLB) veterinary science and

education investment programme

for 2015 includes 14 new research

projects and three new scholarships,

the latter intended to attract top

calibre veterinary surgeons to the

equine arena.

The HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory

Committee (VAC) will again be

managing new veterinary scientific

research investment on behalf

of The Racing Foundation, the

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association

(TBA) and the British European

Breeders Fund (BEBF). In addition

to the funding allocation approved

by HBLB of £1.8m (2014: £1.8m),

£160,000 has been made available

by the Foundation, and £20,000 by

the BEBF and TBA.

All grant applications are assessed

by the HBLB’s VAC and external

experts in accordance with the

established procedure before being

submitted to the Foundation, the

BEBF and TBA. In addition, the

VAC benefits from the advice of

the British Horseracing Authority’s

Veterinary Committee in selecting

projects for funding.

Six new research projects will start

in 2015, two of which will be partfunded

by The Racing Foundation.

To these will be added eight small

projects which are designed to be

completed within one year and

provide an immediate applicable

result. Two of these will be funded

by the Thoroughbred Breeders’

Association and the British

European Breeders Fund.

Disease prevention and control

remain of paramount importance,

and work in this area will

include investigation of potential

mechanisms for the prevention

or limitation of equine flu and the

possibility of predicting future

changes in the virus. In addition, the

two related programmes based at

the Animal Health Trust monitoring

both influenza and other infectious

diseases are being renewed this

year following in depth review in

2014. Other projects will examine

various aspects of infectious

disease, respiratory problems,

musculoskeletal sciences and

orthopaedics.

Information on the new projects is

available on the Racehorse Health

website at http://racehorsehealth.

hblb.org.uk. The site also displays

summaries of recent and current

research on diseases and injuries of

the Thoroughbred.

For the full press release see

http://www.hblb.org.uk/document.

phpid=536&search

Any questions should be directed to Tasha Power, Head of Operations:

Email: tasha.power@hblb.org.uk. Tel: 020 3603 1486

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British Horseracing Authority

Changes to British Pattern &

Listed Races in 2015

At its recent annual meeting held on

Thursday 15 January, the European

Pattern Committee (EPC) considered

a number of changes to Flat Pattern

and Listed races for 2015.

Britain successfully secured an

upgrade to Group 2 status for the

Dahlia Stakes (4yo+ fillies over 9

furlongs) at Newmarket. In addition, a

new five furlong three-year-old Listed

race has been introduced at York’s

May meeting and the Aston Park

(Listed, 4yo+) at Newbury in May has

been reduced in distance from 13 to

12 furlongs.

Sadly, as a consequence of a

stricter level of quality control, with

Listed races now having been fully

consumed within the European

Pattern Ground Rules, the Braveheart

Stakes at Hamilton Park lost its Listed

status.

Notably however the EPC also made

a number of changes to the date and

distance of some key international

races in both Britain and France,

reflecting the on-going review of the

autumn two-year-old programme.

In Britain, the Middle Park Stakes

(Group 1) at Newmarket moves to

an earlier slot on 26 September,

providing a gap in the calendar of

a fortnight prior to the running of

the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1).

Newmarket’s Future Champions Day,

featuring the Dewhurst, also reverts to

the weekend of Saturday 10 October

2015. Another race in Newmarket's

two-year-old programme, the Zetland

Stakes, has had its Listed status

reinstated.

In France the Jean Luc Lagadere

(Group 1), run at Longchamp on Arc

weekend, will change in distance

from 1400m to 1600m. The Criterium

International (Group 1) will now be

run over the shorter distance of

1400m (reduced from 1600m), and

it will be run on the same day (1

November 2015) as the Criterium de

Saint-Cloud (Group 1, 2000m) which

is being moved a week earlier.

EPC had also previously announced

in August 2014 a series of strategic

enhancements to the opportunities

for three-year-old sprinters. The

changes include upgrades to the

Pavilion Stakes at Ascot (to Group 3)

and Sandy Lane at Haydock Park (to

Group 2), as well as the introduction

of a new Group 1 three-year-old only

sprint over 6 furlongs at Royal Ascot

(entitled The Commonwealth Cup).

The British Champions Sprint on

QIPCO British Champions Day was

also upgraded to Group 1.

Antonia Newman

Voiding Small Field Races (January to March Trial)

A trial of removing certain small-field

races from the race programme at

declaration stage commenced on the

All Weather from 1 January 2015.

For the purposes of this trial, which

lasts until the end of March, races

that attract 10 entries or fewer are

flagged as “at risk”. If these races

then receive 4 declarations or fewer,

they may be subject to deletion. In

all instances, the BHA will review the

entries for all such races to ascertain

whether there is a genuine need for

the race (i.e. based on whether there

are any other available opportunities

for horses).

The short-notice race removal trial has

seen 28 races in January designated

as “at risk”. Of these races, only five

received less than five declarations.

One race has been deleted, with a

further two races that had fewer than

five declarations “saved”, due to a

lack of other suitable opportunities

for declared horses. Both races were

three-year-old only events. Another

two “at risk” races with fewer than

five declarations were not deleted

because the races in question were

part of a six-race card, which made

the races ineligible for deletion. A

comparison of the conversion rate

from entries to declarations from

2014 to 2015 reveals a 3.5% higher

conversion across all races.

The trial will continue until the end of

March at which point BHA will assess

all the data around the trial as well

as the feedback from those affected

before deciding how to proceed.

Stuart Middleton

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British Horseracing Authority

Positive indicators from

January field sizes

• Positive early signs following implementation of measures for the All Weather programme

• Increase in races with eight or more runners, decrease in races with six or fewer runners

• Jump field sizes also showing improvement compared to 2014

The British Horseracing Authority

(BHA) has published figures for field

sizes in January, the indications of

which provide optimism following

initiatives implemented to tackle the

issues of small-field races.

The wide-ranging initiatives,

developed in consultation with

stakeholders and announced in

2014, include a targeted approach

to certain ‘pinch-points’ in the racing

calendar when field sizes are a

critical issue. One of these pinchpoints

is All Weather racing in the

period from January to March and

as such a number of the measures

were implemented with effect in this

period. They included:

• The removal of 70 races from

the All Weather programme in

the January - March period

• A limit of, on average, 6.5 races

being staged on All Weather

cards in this period

• A trial of short-notice race

removal for certain races

which achieve fewer than five

declarations

Other factors include the All

Weather Championships, which

are in their second season, and

the distribution of the Additional

Voluntary Contribution fund from the

big four bookmakers being under

way. Around £4m will be distributed

to races between Class 2 and Class

6 in 2015, ensuring prize money

down to 8th in most Class 2 races

and 6th in most Class 3-6 races.

After one month the initial signs

indicate that the measures are

having a positive impact on Flat

racing field sizes in this period. The

average field size for Flat races in

January 2015 was 8.6, an increase

of 7% compared to the same

period in 2014 (8.1). In addition, the

proportion of races which featured

eight or more runners rose by 8%

from 56% to 64% and the proportion

of races featuring less than six

runners reduced by 3% from 18% to

15%.

The short-notice race removal

trial has seen 28 races in January

designated as “at risk”, i.e. receiving

10 entries or fewer. Of these races,

only five received fewer than five

declarations. Of these five races,

four were retained, two because it

was felt there was a genuine need

for the race to take place owing

to a lack of suitable alternative

races, and two because the race in

question was part of a six-race card,

which made the race ineligible for

deletion. The average number of

declarations for “at risk” races was

6.5.

The picture for Jump racing in

this pinch-point period was also

promising, especially in Hurdle

races. Average field sizes were

up in both Hurdles (9.1, up 8%)

and Chases (7.1, up 1%) while the

proportion of races with fewer than

six runners was down by 7.4% in

Hurdles (5% from 13%) and 3.4%

in Chases (27% from 31%). The

number of races with more than

eight runners was up by 13.8% in

Hurdles (69% from 55%) but down

by 2.4% in Chases (34% from 36%).

This may be partly due to the

targeted removal of races from

the Jump programme in this

period, many of which are Chases.

Meanwhile further specific initiatives

related to Jump racing, including

the targeted deletion of races from

a further pinch-point period in

September – November will come

into effect later in the year.

Robin Mounsey

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British Horseracing Authority

BHA appoints Head of Raceday

Operations

• Brant Dunshea joins from Harness

Racing Victoria

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced

the appointment of Brant Dunshea to the newly created

role of Head of Raceday Operations, following an

extensive recruitment process.

Dunshea joins from the role as Chief Operating Officer

for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), where he also

previously held roles as General Manager of Integrity,

Chairman of Stewards and Senior Stipendiary Steward

over a period of 20 years.

Reporting in to Director of Raceday Operations and

Regulation Jamie Stier, Dunshea will be responsible

for the management of the Raceday Operations

Teams – including Starters, Clerks of the Scales and

Judges, and Equine Welfare Integrity Officers – and the

Racecourse Inspectorate, providing strategic support

and building stakeholder relationships in these areas.

Through his positions at HRV Dunshea brings to BHA

a strong background in regulation and his expertise

includes operational management of major racing

events, execution of strategic plans and administration

of policy, procedure and Rules of racing.

He has extensive knowledge of thoroughbred racing

through his own interest in the sport, and also through

working closely with administrators and regulators in the

thoroughbred industry. He has spent periods observing

practices in jurisdictions including Great Britain, Hong

Kong and Canada.

Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and

Regulation for BHA, said: “The Head of Raceday

Operations role is a new position which arose from a

review of the strategic direction and management of

the Raceday Operations area of the business. The role

will provide strategic support to the senior management

team and promote continuous improvement within both

the Raceday and Racecourse teams, setting out a clear

vision for the future delivery of Raceday Operations in

British Racing.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Brant’s

calibre to what is a crucial, senior and high-profile

position. His expertise in all of the relevant business

areas, including the operational management of racing

events and a proven track record of the delivery of

improvement to regulatory services, made him the

outstanding candidate from what was an exceptionally

high standard of applications.”

Dunshea holds a Bachelor Degree in Legal Studies

and Political Science and a Graduate Diploma of

Sports Law, which is currently being progressed to a

Masters of Commercial Law. In addition to his racing

appointments, Dunshea was also previously employed

with the Australian Football League (AFL) in Victoria.

His start date has yet to be confirmed, pending

finalisation of details regarding his move to the UK.

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The Racegoers Club

Cheltenham Named Racegoers Club

Racecourse of the Year 2014

• Cheltenham wins for eleventh

consecutive year

• York and Ascot named runners up

The Racegoers Club, the official club for racing fans in

Britain, has today announced Cheltenham as Racecourse

of the Year in 2014.

In a poll of their 5,000 strong membership, the

Gloucestershire track was rated on top for the eleventh

year in a row, with Racegoers Club Members praising the

quality of the racing and the ‘unbeatable atmosphere’.

Ian Renton, Jockey Club South West Regional Director

commented, ‘All of the team at Cheltenham are delighted

to have won the Racegoers Club Racecourse of the Year

for the 11th consecutive time. This is especially rewarding

as the second part of the year at Cheltenham, the autumn

and winter of 2014 was also the time that the racecourse

was undergoing some major refurbishment as part of the

£45million redevelopment. I am very much looking forward

to concluding those building works in time for The Festival

in 2016 so that racegoers can enjoy all the fantastic new

facilities that we are building.”

As in 2014, York Racecourse came in second on in the

poll, which received fantastic feedback highlighting the

‘excellent facilities, value for money and warm welcome’

that Club Members had received throughout the year on

the Knavesmire.

In third place was Ascot, which was the scene of one

of the Racegoers Club’s highlights in 2014 as they sent

off the Richard Fahey trained Clouds Rest in the Queen

Mary Stakes at the Royal Meeting. The Club continued

to organise a number of such affordable ownership

syndicates, which along with Clouds Rest, included

horses trained by Charlie Hills, Malcolm Jefferson and

Nicky Henderson in 2014 as well as offering racecourse

entry concessions to every racecourse in Britain, covering

meetings year round.

The poll also saw Members to show their preference for

racecourses regionally, with a number of smaller courses

receiving a large number of votes, such as the winners of

the Scotland & North East Racecourse of the Year title,

Perth.

General Manager Sam Morshead said, ‘For a ‘small’

racecourse to win the overall award is awesome! I am

delighted that the hard work put in by each and every

member of the small team at Perth has been recognised

so favourably by the Members of the Racegoers Club.

All of us are hugely proud of our little gem and we will all

continue to polish it as much as we can in the months

and years ahead. There are some exciting improvements

to come on stream in the next few months so we all very

much hope that these will add further to the enjoyment of

our racegoers’.

Bill Bailey

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The Racegoers Club

Hel Tara continues Racegoers Club Syndicates Purple patch

When Hel Tara made her debut at Lingfield Park on 25 November, the heavy conditions were gruelling even for

mudlovers. The sloppy unstable conditions underfoot didn’t help her confidence, as she jumped for the first time in race

company but despite making hard work of the hurdles, she continued on determinedly for third place. After the race it

was clear she had given everything she had and she needed a decent break to recover.

Over the Christmas period Hel Tara really blossomed and eventually Nicky found the right race for her at Huntingdon on

9 January. Relishing a stamina test and coming on about a stone for improved jumping technique, she romped home

under Jerimiah McGrath 3 ¼ lengths to the delight of her 25 share owners present in a course viewing box provided by

Huntingdon, and the 160 odd roaring her home from around the country.

Nicky is currently looking for one more race for Hel Tara before we hope she

will contest the EBF Mares Final at Newbury in March. Leasing our mares

from their owner breeders supports the industry and gives us access to

the very best

bloodstock. It

also means our

owners can

dream their horse

will be capable of

competing at the

highest level.

Hel Tara

Flat Syndicates Launch

Hel Tara's

happy owners

at Huntingdon

Whilst we are in the height of the jumps season our flat

horses are back in training gearing up for the season

ahead. After the amazing performance of sprinter Clouds

Rest as a two year old last year, running nine times and

winning three races we are very excited about her three

year old season. She has grown in size from 14.3h to 15h

and looks to have strengthened considerably during her

break. She now makes up a two horse syndicate, as she

is joined by her cousin, an as yet un-named Showcasing

two year old filly, also in training with Richard Fahey. The

two year old may even have more scope than Clouds, as

she is significantly taller. Clouds ran in the Queen Mary

for her owners last year, those already subscribed are

already dreaming they may yet go one better in the race

this year! The syndicate is £350 to join which offers a

Clouds Rest at Ascot as a Two Year Old last season –

Where will she take her owners at three

real opportunity to get involved in meaningful racehorse

ownership, with numbers limited to 200 members per

syndicate, everyone has the chance to feel like an owner,

and share the prize money spoils! Clouds Rest won her

share owners an amazing £147 each last season! We are

proud our syndicates offer a degree of transparency which

cannot be surpassed.

We also see the return of Caelica, our Sea The Stars filly

with Charlie Hills in Lambourn and Chilly Miss, a dual

purpose mare with Malcolm Jefferson in Malton, both

are £225 each to join, although due to hot demand from

existing share-holders shares in Caelica have not yet been

released on general sale.

Here we go again ….. Showcasing yearling cousin of

Clouds Rest now two years old

Kelly Mercer

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RaceTech

RaceTech Stalls Team at Chelmsford City

RaceTech is delighted to be involved at Britain’s newest racecourse,

Chelmsford City. We are providing a full starting stalls service for all fixtures

held at Chelmsford City and our team were excited to be part of the launch

of the new racecourse on 11 January.

RaceTech is supplying both stalls apparatus and staff to Chelmsford City

and the opening of the new racecourse has been warmly welcomed and

supported by many of the trainers in and around Newmarket and the

Eastern region.

We are looking forward to the coming season and very pleased to be part

of this new innovation for British racing.

Talking of Planning…..

The RaceTech Service Manager meetings are in full swing – these are a

good opportunity to talk about what’s happening for the coming season,

start planning for the big days and make sure that the mid range and

weekday fixtures are all running smoothly too. It’s our chance to listen to

what moves, changes and plans you have and for us to tell you about new

technologies and how they can be beneficial for your racedays.

If you have any feedback arising from these sessions, please let us know –

we hope that you find them as useful as we do.

Catherine Pullan

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RaceTech

Kylie and the Concert Nights

Whilst the RaceTech team is all ridiculously excited about

Kylie playing Newmarket Racecourse in June (never

before have we had so many volunteers to work that day!),

it also raises some serious issues.

As racecourses are confirming their headline acts and

dates, please let us know when these are and start and

finish times. There are a number of implications thrown

up by the concert nights – firstly, please be aware that we

require normal access for integrity and racing as per usual.

Depending on where your stage is situated, we may need

access past the stage for hoists etc – we will check in

with the racecourse office upon arrival three hours before

racing as usual, so please flag any access restrictions

(in and out) at that time. Secondly, if you need the public

address system to remain operational and full Broadcast

office functionality for Health and Safety and evacuation

procedures etc, let us know in advance – we have had

instances where PA engineers have been told after racing

that they need to stay on for another 2-3 hours, which may

have a knock on effect for getting to tomorrow’s venue and

not all our PA team carry their toothbrush and sleeping bag

with them at all times.

Getting vehicles and in particular, the scanners and

tenders out after racing while concerts are in full swing

has a major impact on our scheduling. European working

time directives lay down strict laws on hours that our team

can work, and as we use a multi-skilled team, rather than

separate drivers and riggers and technical staff, we need

to be able to breakdown after racing, pack away and be

back on the road as soon as possible, to ensure that the

kit is all in the right place for the next day’s racing. The

success of the concert nights and sheer quantity of people

has meant that often our vehicles are not allowed to move

until the concert is over. As we constantly strive to optimise

utilisation of our equipment, this can have catastrophic

consequences and severe financial impact if we then have

to resort to hiring in agency drivers to move our rigs.

So, please help us to help you. Please confirm your

concert nights AT LEAST a month in advance (most

racecourses will know their dates and line up for the

season way in advance of that). Please let us know if you

need PA and/or OB for the event (if you’d like the event

filmed/edited/made into a promo video for social media etc.

or output to your big screen/racecourse TV system (with

the artists permission,) please talk to us – in advance!).

If there are any issues that you foresee with access or

restrictions on exit due to the event, please tell us, as

problems on the day are expensive and frustrating, both for

you and us.

And for those racecourses planning their concert nights

now, this is also a good opportunity to focus in your

racecourse TV, knowing that you will have a good crowd

for racing featuring a high percentage of younger people

that are possibly new to racing too. Using enhancements

like selfie competitions on Twitter, smart use of a presenter

in the paddock to talk about the horses and provide a guide

for the day and good graphics will all serve to present your

racecourse as a great day out for the next generation.

Start planning now and make these events a real day to

remember.

In the meantime, see you at Newmarket in June….

Catherine Pullan

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Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Stakes - December 2014

Below is an overview of sponsorship activity in December 2014, produced by Mary-Ann Sandercock, using data

provided by the RCA, Racing Calendar and the European Breeders Fund.

General - Races that went ahead in December:

Total races 681 Total sponsored races 583 86% sponsored

Total AW races 270 Total sponsored AW races 248 92% sponsored

Total Turf Flat races - Total sponsored Turf Flat races - -

Total Jumps races 411 Total sponsored Jumps races 335 82% sponsored

Total Prize Value of Races Sponsored (not sponsorship contributions): £6,395,723

Sponsorship Sectors

Top 10 Sectors by number of races sponsored

Top 10 Sectors by prize value

Sector Total races % of total sponsored Sector Value

Betting 393 67% Betting £4,173,139

Private/Individual 31 5% Private/Individual £ 308,694

Construction 18 3% Food/Drink Industry £ 290,026

Recruitment/Training 18 3% Construction £ 195,789

Bloodstock 17 3% Recruitment/Training £ 177,817

Food/Drink Industry 13 2% Insurance £ 139,670

Finance 9 1% Finance £ 122,798

Motoring 8 1% Jewellers £ 100,000

Racing Administration 6 1% Bloodstock £ 99,066

Insurance 4 1% Racing Administration £ 62,032

The European Breeders Fund (EBF) jointly sponsored 11 races (in addition to 5 sole EBF sponsored races); the

joint sponsors have been included in their respective sectors and the EBF jointly sponsored races have also been

included in the Bloodstock sector.

Top 5 Sponsors by number of races sponsored

Top 5 sponsors by prize value

Sponsor Races % Sponsor Races Value

32Red 86 15% William Hill 31 £ 792,459

Coral 53 9% Betfred 28 £ 582.291

Ladbrokes 50 9% Coral 53 £ 530.653

Unibet 45 8% 32Red 86 £ 473,179

Betvictor 33 6% Ladbrokes 50 £ 403.250

If you have any questions about this report please contact Mary-Ann Sandercock on 07786 925803, or email

maryannsandercock@outlook.com.

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Five Minutes of Fame

George Hill

Marketing Manager

Brighton & Fontwell Park

Racecourses

On what day of the week were you born and

what was number one in the charts

Sunday. It was Ferry Aid ‘Let It Be’ was number

one that week.

When you were a child what did you want to

be when you grew up

A vet, but always wanted to work within the

equine side of things..

What makes you tick

Working with foals/ yearlings that go on to be

successful on the track.

What’s your guilty pleasure

Jelly Babies!

What is your favourite racing memory

Watching Frankel win the Guineas at

Newmarket!

What’s the daftest work related question you

have ever been asked

A racegoer asking where the jumps were at

Brighton Racecourse.

Which tune is the most played on your

iTunes

Anything by Mumford & Sons

Name one thing drives you crazy

People being late.

If you weren’t at work today, what might you

be doing instead

Probably going racing!

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Channel 4 Racing

Channel 4 Racing wins prestigious

Broadcast Award

Channel 4’s coverage of the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National scooped the

Broadcast Award for Best Sports Programme beating an array of mainstream

programmes that included The Open, FA Cup semi-final, Match of the Day Live:

Brazil v Germany and others

Channel 4’s coverage of the threeday

Crabbie’s Grand National

Festival was produced by IMG

and directed by Denise Large and

attracted 8.5 million viewers.

Ed Havard Channel 4’s Head of Live

Events and Sport, says: “This win

is recognition of the extraordinary

work of IMG, both the production

operation and the brilliant on screen

talent. The Grand National is one of

the greatest events in our schedule

and this award recognises all the

work that has gone into showcasing

the incredible spectacle at Aintree

for our audiences."

Programme Director, Denise Large,

adds: “It’s such an honour to receive

this prestigious award off the back

of our RTS success. We at IMG are

delivering creative and informative

racing programmes that can

compete alongside national sporting

events and win!

“Over the coming months we have

many significant race meetings to

look forward to and we very much

intend to be back at the Broadcast

Awards in 2016.”

Channel 4’s racing coverage is

produced by IMG with Carl Hicks,

Denise Large and Sophie Veats on

the executive team.

Channel 4 Racing is sponsored by

Dubai.

Hannah Walker

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Channel 4 Racing

Two Film4 Films honoured at Sundance Film Festival

Congratulations to Slow West and

Dark Horse who both took home

honours at this year’s Sundance Film

Festival.

John Maclean’s Slow West, a “bold,

beautiful and original” [Guardian]

Western took home the Grand Jury

Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic

competition. Starring Michael

Fassbender as mysterious drifter Silas

and Jodi Smit-McPhee as 16-year-old

Jay Cavendish, the film follows their

journey across the American frontier in

search of the woman Jay loves.

Louise Osmond’s Dark Horse,

an “expertly crafted…irresistible,

emotion-charged documentary”

[Screen International] about a group

of working class friends who decide

to take on the elite “sport of kings”

and breed themselves a racehorse,

was awarded the Audience Award

in the World Cinema Documentary

competition.

Slow West Dir. John Maclean

A western set in frontier America at

the end of the 19th Century, Slow

West utilises Colorado’s dramatic

landscape as a setting for the unlikely

crossing of Silas Selleck (Michael

Fassbender), a wild and dangerous

drifter, with guileless adolescent,

Jay (Jodi Smit-McPhee). Here, in

the dense and feral forests of the

American West, where confrontation

with a stranger would normally mean

a duel to the death, Silas, instead

of killing Jay, offers to protect him in

exchange for cash. Jay has come to

America to be reunited with the love

of his life, Rose, a fugitive from their

native Scotland. Silas’ true motivation,

however, is as enigmatic as Jay’s

is true-hearted. It is on his journey

with this unlikely saviour, fraught with

peril, betrayal and violence, that Jay

is forced to question Silas’ loyalty

towards him, as he realises all too

late that America takes no pity on the

innocent.

Dark Horse : The Incredible True

Story of Dream Alliance Dir. Louise

Osmond (Released 17 April with

Picturehouse)

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story

of Dream Alliance (pictured) tells the

larger than life true story of how a

barmaid in a former mining village

in South Wales bred a racehorse on

her allotment that went on to become

a champion. Jan had successfully

bred dogs and birds and believed she

could do the same with a different

animal – though she knew nothing

about racing and had never been on a

horse. Convincing a handful of locals

to part with ten pound a week for her

scheme, she found a thoroughbred

mare with a terrible racing record for

£300, a stallion past his best, put them

together and – against all the odds

– bred a winner. It’s an audacious

tale of luck and chance and beating

the odds; a story of how a gaggle of

working class folk from the Welsh

Valleys took on the racing elite, broke

through class and financial barriers,

and brought hope and pride back

to their depressed community. Dark

Horse is an inspirational, emotional

story with as many heart-stopping

moments as any ‘jump’ race; it’s a

story about dreams coming true.

Hannah Walker

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REGISTERED CHARITY

No: 276054

BASICS

Education Ltd

EQUESTRIAN MEDICAL OFFICER COURSE

The popular Equestrian Medical Officer’s Course, formerly run by EventMed Ltd will now be delivered by

BASICS Education Ltd.

The course will retain essentially the same structure, with pre-course on-line study, followed by attendance

at a two day course held in an equestrian environment. The course is designed to develop and enhance the

knowledge and skills necessary to deal with emergencies encountered in the equestrian sports setting and

will be delivered by practiced and experienced Immediate Care Practitioners.

The on-line element comprises 14 individual modules each concentrating on a specific area. Modules

contain on-line lecture presentations, some virtual skill stations, as well as links to a myriad of helpful

additional information. Each module finishes with a brief true/false assessment paper.

The first day of the attendance course is ‘hands on’ practice and practical scenarios, leading to the practical

assessment on day two.

This course will continue to be validated and approved by our academic partners, the Royal College of

Surgeons of Edinburgh.

28th & 29th March 2015 at Wrea Green Equitation Centre, Bryning Lane, Wrea Green PR4 1TN on

Saturday 28th March and the exam is being held on Sunday 29th March at Villa Express, Moss Side

Lane, Wrea Green, Preston, PR4 2PE

Course cost: £770.00 Bookings can be made online at www.basics.org.uk

PROVIDERS OF PRE-HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE AND TRAINING

BASICS Education Ltd, Turret House 2 Turret Lane Ipswich IP4 1DL

Tel: 01473 218407 Fax: 01473 280585 Email: educ@basics.org.uk Website: www.basics.org.uk

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Medical

Pre Hospital Trauma

Management Training

Medipro Training based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire offers all RMOs a 10% discount on the following courses:

• Major Incident Medical Management & Support (MIMMS) - 2 days, approved by the ALSG. Prices start at

£570pp (inc VAT), and full details can be found here.

Dates for this course in 2015 include:

• 9-10 April 2015

• 28-29 September 2015

• 21-22 November 2015

To obtain discount, RMOs should advise that they act in this capacity when booking.

For more information on the range of courses offered by Medipro, please visit their website here.

Badges & PASS 2015

Badge Posters

8 copies of the large poster and 4 copies of the A4

sized poster for 2015 have been sent to all racecourses.

Extra copies and electronic copies are available on

request.

RCA & Press Badge Lists

Copies of the lists of 2015 RCA and Press Badges

holders are available on request.

Missing Badges

RCA: 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 284, 1970,

2198

Press: 28, 127, 239, 476, 479, 530

PJA: 189, 190, 207

NTF: 595, 596, 635, 636

Officials: 132

Special:

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Technical

Racecourse Groundstaff Courses

IOG 2015 Racecourse Groundstaff Courses

The dates and locations for the 2015 Racecourse Groundstaff Courses have now been finalised as follows:

21-22 April Introduction to Racecourse Groundsmanship (Foundation) at Cheltenham Racecourse

8-13 November Racecourse Groundstaff Turf Management course (Intermediate) at The British Racing

School, Newmarket.

For more information on upcoming IOG courses or to reserve a place on any of the above courses please contact

Lisa Gray at the Institute of Groundsmanship, 28 Stratford Office Village, Walker Avenue, Wolverton Mill, Milton

Keynes, MK12 5TW, Tel: 01908 312511.

Measuring of Jump Racecourses

The BHA and the RCA Technical Group have agreed that

the methodology for measuring Jump racecourses will be

brought into line with Flat racing, whereby the inner circuit

of each steeplechase and hurdle course is to be measured

2 yards off the inner rail when running rail in the position of

its’ minimum configuration. This will ensure that races are

run over true distances and will enable racecourses to give

more accurate information about increases to distances

when dolling etc.

Each racecourse has been asked to liaise with their BHA

Inspector of Courses to discuss the individualities of their

course prior to the appointment of a qualified surveyor to

professionally survey every start position to the nearest

yard. Following each survey the racecourse will liaise with

the BHA to agree either a new description or to move the

start position to agree with the actual race distance. It is

recognised that it is imperative to ensure starts are in the

best possible locations.

Caroline Davies/Holly Cook

Weather Report

The December 2014 Water Situation Report (for England and Wales) from the Environment Agency can be

accessed here .

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Technical

The days are now drawing out and

whilst there has recently been some

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Britain’s best-known and most successful racecourse

partnership invites applications for the following roles:

General Manager (circa £35k)

Based at the Go Racing In Yorkshire (GRiY) office at

Wetherby Racecourse and reporting directly to the

GRiY Chairman and Committee, the General Manager

will take charge of generating and implementing

all GRiY’s promotional activities, events and media

strategy. They will also be directly responsible for

negotiating with existing GRiY partners, sourcing

further partnerships, maintaining the GRiY website,

engaging in social media on behalf of GRiY, managing

GRiY’s other day to day operations and supervising

other GRiY personnel.

The successful applicant will have a marketing

background, be a capable administrator, have good IT

skills and demonstrate a clear understanding of how

to best utilise social media. Knowledge of the horse

racing industry, particularly in Yorkshire, would be an

advantage.

Freelance Raceday Presenter

With a guarantee of at least 150 days work per annum,

covering all nine racecourses within Go Racing In

Yorkshire (GRiY), the GRiY Raceday Presenter will

become the ‘face’ and ‘voice’ of Yorkshire Racing.

They will report to the management of each Yorkshire

racecourse in respect of that racecourse’s specific

requirements for raceday presenting, and in general to

the GRiY General Manager.

The Raceday Presenter will be required to maintain

current and forge new relationships with regional media,

including providing early morning racing bulletins to

local radio stations.

On course, as well as taking charge of PR and

presentations, the Raceday Presenter will be required

to liaise with sponsors, owners, trainers, jockeys

and the media; organise and participate in raceday

promotional activities; provide pre-race tipping talks and

generally interact through social media. They will also

be expected to provide a weekly podcast for use on the

Go Racing In Yorkshire website and distribution to other

media outlets.

Knowledge of the horse racing industry, particularly in

Yorkshire, would be an advantage. This is a freelance

role, which will be remunerated in accordance with the

number of racedays covered and reviewed annually.

Applications are to be made, in confidence, to John Sexton, Chairman, Go Racing in Yorkshire,

via: horsewriters@msn.com

Please including a covering letter clearly indicating which position you are applying for and attach your CV. The

deadline for all applications is Friday 20 February 2015. Interviews will be conducted during the first week in

March.

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Chief Executive – The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre

At the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, we’re

dedicated to re-training, re-homing and protecting the

welfare of ex-racehorses. We’re now looking for a Chief

Executive to lead the development and execution of our

long-term strategies.

As Chief Executive, you’ll be responsible for all dayto-day

management decisions – from identifying

new sources of income, to ensuring the centre is

appropriately organised and staffed.

Utilising your excellent leadership and communication

skills, you’ll be the centre’s figurehead – communicating

the vision of the charity to the racing and leisure/sport

horse industry, the media and other stakeholders. You’ll

also be the direct liaison between the Board of Trustees

and the centre’s management, so you’ll take the lead in

ensuring the Trustees have the information required to

make appropriate judgements.

The ideal candidate will have the proven ability

to develop and implement strategy, and previous

experience in increasing revenues for a charity,

including legacies. You’ll also have strong management

skills, commercial acumen, and a passion for horse

welfare.

To apply, please send a covering letter and detailed CV to the Chairman, Brian Acott - preferably by email on

bacott@thetrc.co.uk, or by post at Whinney Hill, Aughton Road, Halton, LA2 6PQ. Your covering letter should

outline why this role interests you, and address the criteria set out above.

Please Quote- OL 3 on your application - Closing date for applications is 2 March 2015.

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Diary Dates

Monday & Tuesday 16 & 17 February RCA Operations Seminar - Cheltenham

Wednesday 25 February Pontefract Annual Press Luncheon

Wednesday 25 February RaceTech Board

Tuesday 3 March RCA Members Forum - Newbury

Thursday 5 March RCA Members Forum - York

Friday 6 March Pony Racing Meeting

Tuesday - Friday 10 - 13 March Cheltenham Festival

Monday 16 March Raceday Experience Group

Thursday 19 March RCA Board

Contributors' Contact List

Bailey, Bill 01344 625912 bill.bailey@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Britten, Libby 0207 152 0192 lbritten@greatbritishracing.com

Cook, Holly 01344 873536 holly.cook@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Davies, Caroline 01344 873536 caroline.davies@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Mercer, Kelly 01344 625912 kelly.mercer@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Middleton, Stuart 0207 152 0055 smiddleton@britishhorseracing.com

Mounsey, Robin 0207 152 0048 rmounsey@britishhorseracing.com

Newman, Antonia 0207 152 0047 anewman@britishhorseracing.com

Power, Tasha 0203 603 1486 tasha.power@hblb.org.uk

Pullan, Catherine 0208 947 3333 cpullan@racetech.co.uk

Sandercock, Mary-Ann 07786 925 803 maryannsandercock@outlook.com

Sheppard, Claire 01344 625723 claire.sheppard@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Swain, Paul 01344 873536 paul.swain@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Walker, Carol 01344 873536 carol.walker@racecourseassociation.co.uk

Walker, Hannah 020 7306 8643 hlwalker@channel4.co.uk

EDITOR: Carol Walker

The Racecourse Association Ltd

UPDATE is also available

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www.britishracecourses.org

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