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Ted Durcan Joins MyRacehorse As Bloodstock Consultant

Former Classic-winning jockey Ted Durcan has been appointed as the UK and Ireland bloodstock consultant for MyRacehorse.  Durcan will select horses for the microshare syndicate from both public auctions and privately. Durcan, who runs Durcan Bloodstock, said, "I am delighted to have been asked to join MyRacehorse to help the team source some exciting and fun horses for the season ahead. "MyRacehorse gives everybody the chance to see how this amazing sport works from the inside out rather than the outside in. This is something that normally would not be...

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Bauyrzhan Murzabayev Named Retained Rider For Andre Fabre

Bauyrzhan Murzabayev, a four-time champion jockey in Germany, will become the retained rider for French trainer Andre Fabre, according to published reports. Murzabayev, who formerly rode for Peter Schiergen, will have first call on all of Fabre's horses barring those of Godolphin and Wertheimer et Frere, as they have their own retained jockeys. "For me, this is the next step," Bauyrzhan Murzabayev told Galopp Online. "Last year, when Francis-Henri Graffard's offer came, I stayed. I know what I owe to Peter Schiergen. We were a very good team and I...

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Jack Connor Named Racing And Analytics Executive For The Thoroughbred Group

Jack Connor was named the new Racing and Analytics Executive of The Thoroughbred Group. He was previously a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Racing Department senior analyst and a strategy manager at The Jockey Club. The position is new within The Thoroughbred Group as the organisation develops its remit to provide representation of its five members under UK racing's new industry structure--the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS), the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF). "We are...

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Sophie Teixeira Joins Auctav As Bloodstock Manager

Sophie Teixeira has joined Auctav as a bloodstock manager, and she will begin her new role on Mar. 1. She will work alongside Toby Jones, Jacob Pritchard Webb for Flat and NH profiles, and Anthony Grueau, who works for the trotting industry. Holding a Master's in marketing and a Master's Equine Sciences and Business (BESB) degree from AgroDijon Institute, Teixeira interned at Haras de Fresnay-le Buffard and also spent two years working for the International Racing Bureau (IRB). Part of the commercial department of Haras de la Hetraie for another two-year...

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Jim Boyle Joins Racing Foundation Board Of Trustees

Trainer and veterinarian Jim Boyle has been appointed to the Racing Foundation's Board of Trustees. He replaces now-retired trainer Mark Johnston. A graduate of Bristol University in 1996, he later specialised in equine veterinary medicine, and has served as President of the National Trainers' Federation (NTF) between 2014 and 2016. Boyle joins Algy Smith-Maxwell, Alice Page, Linda Bowles, Louise Kemble and Susannah Gill on the Foundation's seven-strong Board of Trustees, which is chaired by Julia Budd. Budd said, "We are delighted to welcome someone of Jim's calibre to the Racing...

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Katharina Irmer Appointed Goffs German Representative

Katharina Irmer has been appointed the new Goffs German representative, replacing Mathias Seeber, who was recently named the new Managing Director of Hanover Racecourse. A German native, Irmer was an amateur and apprentice jockey in Germany before working for Simon Crisford in Newmarket for two years. After graduating from the Irish National Stud Course in 2017, she spent time at Arrowfield Stud in Australia. More recently, she has worked sales seasons for Chasemore Farm, Grove Stud, Castlebridge, and was a sales assistant to Anthony Stroud, as well as Richard Brown...

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Conor Grant Appointed New Chairman Of Racecourse Media Group

Racehorse owner Conor Grant will be the new Chairman of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), replacing Roger Lewis. Grant will initially join as an RMG Non-Executive Director on Apr. 1, and then become Chairman of RMG on Oct. 1. Grant has 24 years of experience in the UK and Irish gambling sector, including 14 years in senior executive roles. He was most recently CEO of Flutter UK & Ireland, and, prior to that, was Chief Operating Officer of Sky Betting & Gaming. The umbrella organisation for 35 British racecourses and the...

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Paul Hensey Named New CEO Of The Association Of Irish Racecourses

Paul Hensey has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) and begins his role later this month. He will replace Paddy Walsh, who is retiring after over two decades in the position, on Mar. 31. Hensey was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Al Shaqab Racing, and he also worked with the Turf Club for six years. Previously, he also spent almost 15 years managing the Curragh Racecourse and training grounds and was also a member of AIR. He served two...

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Una Tormey Named New Chief Executive Of ITBA

Una Tormey has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (ITBA). Tormey began her new role on Dec. 1. She joined the ITBA as a membership coordinator two years ago, and rose to the role of operations manager. Tormey also earned additional experience working with previous Chief Executive Shane O'Dwyer. Tormey, who will be supported by Membership Coordinator Danielle Deveney and Education Coordinator Hannah Marks, said, "I am really looking forward to working with Irish Breeders and with the members of the ITBA Council. The...

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Alex Eade Named Large Independent Racecourses Secretary General

Alex Eade has been named the successor to Charles Barnett as the next Secretary General of the Large Independent Racecourses. Barnett is due to retire after six years in the post. Eade begins his new role in the new year and has previously been General Manager at Goodwood Racecourse for five years (2015-2019). He also spent six years at Betfair, latterly as Director of Sporting Affairs. Eade is currently Group Commercial Director at Lloyd Webber Theatres, Ltd. Bridget Guerin, Chairman of York Racecourse, said, "Firstly, I would like to thank...

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James Crespi Appointed New General Manager Of Epsom

James Crespi has been appointed the new General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, The Jockey Club announced on Wednesday. He will begin his duties on Monday, Dec. 5. The Chief Operating Officer of West Wittering Estate PLC since 2015, Crespi also spent 10 years at the Goodwood Estate, where he rose to the position of General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse. Simon Durrant will remain as General Manager of Kempton Park Racecourse while Sarah Drabwell has been appointed General Manager of Sandown Park on a permanent basis, having held the position...

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Harry McAlpine Becomes New Australasian Representative For Tattersalls

Bloodstock consultant Harry McAlpine has been named as an additional Tattersalls Australasian representative alongside Jenny McAlpine. The Queensland native is based on the McAlpine family's Eureka Stud, and handles stallion nominations and sales. He also acts as a bloodstock agent and consultant managing the Black Soil Bloodstock racing and breeding operation of Brian Siemsen. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said, "Harry is a great addition to the Tattersalls team of overseas representatives and his appointment working alongside Jenny McAlpine demonstrates the importance we attach to promoting Tattersalls sales throughout Australia and...

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