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Helen Willis New General Manager At Carlisle

Helen Willis has been named the new General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse by The Jockey Club. Due to start in mid-July, Willis will succeed Molly Dingwall, who will become the new General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse. An alumnus of Bishop Burton College with a first-class degree in Equine Business Management, Willis joined The Jockey Club as a customer relations executive in March of 2021. She was promoted in February of this year to trainee general manager and has worked across many of The Jockey Club's events like the Cheltenham...

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Darragh O'Loughlin Appointed New IHRB CEO

Darragh O'Loughlin has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB). O'Loughlin will begin serving in his new role on June 29. Previously, O'Loughlin was the Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union from 2013 until April of this year. He also served as a Council Member of the PSI (The Pharmacy Regulator) for six years and was a board member of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). Martin O'Donnell, Chairman of the IHRB, said, "Darragh brings an exceptional combination of regulatory expertise...

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Raj Parker Named to BHA Board

Raj Parker, a regulatory and sports law specialist, has been appointed to the Board of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Parker will start his new role as an Independent Non-Executive Regulatory Director on Jan. 1, 2022, and will replace Sir Paul Stephenson, whose term expires on New Year's Eve. Currently, Parker is a senior advisor at the Financial Conduct Authority and has dealt with many investigations involving integrity issues. BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps said, "We are delighted to welcome Raj to the Board. His prodigious experience in regulatory matters and...

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Seamus Durack Appointed Trainer of Principle Racing

Seamus Durack has been named as the employed trainer of Principle Racing and will train out of Newlands Stables in Upper Lambourn. Durack, who rode 500 winners during his career in the saddle, first took out a licence in 2011. Principle Racing's Ritchie Fiddes recently purchased Newlands. Principle Racing was formed earlier in 2021 by Ritchie and his fiancé Hazel. Durack will have a dual-purpose licence, and will begin with around 30 horses in training with the long-term aim to build up to 50 head. The Newlands property already has...

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Nick Mustoe Will Be New Sandown Chairman in 2022

Nick Mustoe has been appointed the new Chairman of Sandown Park Racecourse from Jan. 1, 2022, replacing Peter Jensen, The Jockey Club announced on Tuesday. Mustoe was previously on the Kempton Park Committee for 13 years and served as chairman between 2013 and 2018. Currently Mustoe is Chairman of Kindred, a London-based agency and has National Hunt horses in training with Emma Lavelle and a small band of broodmares based in England and Ireland. Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said, "I would like to congratulate Nick on...

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Jacob West Appointed US Agent For Goffs

Jacob West, Vice-President of Bloodstock for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, has been appointed US Agent for Goffs and will begin his role on Apr. 1, the sales company announced. West, who launched West Bloodstock in 2017, started with Taylor Made as a groom in their yearling division before progressing to Manager. During his time at Taylor Made, he also  worked for trainer Chad Brown during the Gulfstream Championship Meeting. West then moved to Three Chimneys as Director of Bloodstock Services prior to moving to Eclipse. Commenting on the appointment, Goffs Group...

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Mario Gussago Appointed to Arqana Bloodstock Team

Mario Gussago has joined Arqana's bloodstock team, the sales company announced on Wednesday. Among his duties will be to support the inspection teams in France, England and Italy. Prior to starting his role at Arqana, Gussago, 31, spent five seasons as a travelling head lad to Marco Botti in England. After his stint for Botti, he gained additional experience as an assistant to trainer Roger Varian. Said Arqana Bloodstock Director Ludovic Cornuel, "We are delighted to welcome Mario to the Arqana bloodstock team. His solid experience in racing and with...

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Felicity Barnard Named Ascot Commercial Director

Felicity Barnard has been named to the role of Ascot Commercial Director, the racecourse announced on Monday. Barnard, who will report to Ascot Chief Executive Guy Henderson, will be responsible for devising and implementing commercial strategy for in venue sales and marketing, partnerships, sponsorship, licencing, memberships and new income streams. Ascot Finance Director Ian McGregor is in charge of the racecourse's domestic and international broadcast, media and data rights while a review of how these areas should be developed is underway. Previously, Barnard spent four years as CEO of Tie...

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Anna Kerr Appointed COO for The National Stud

Anna Kerr, previously the manager of Goodwood Racecourse's sponsorship portfolio, has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer of The National Stud effective immediately, the Newmarket stud announced on Monday. Kerr first gained experience in the industry under her father, bloodstock agent Bert Kerr, and she is also a graduate of the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course. Kerr has also worked with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Leopardstown Racecourse and Paul Moroney Bloodstock. "We are delighted to appoint Anna Kerr as our new Chief Operating Officer," said The National Stud Director Tim...

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