Bill Whittle to retire as Chairman of Haydock Park after 31 years

28th February 2013

Bill Whittle (70) is to retire as Chairman of Haydock Park Racecourse after 31 years, course owners The Jockey Club announced today.
 
He will be succeeded by Peter Daresbury in May following the start of Haydock Park's 2013 Flat season. The Lord Daresbury will continue as Chairman of Aintree Racecourse.
 
A Member of The Jockey Club since 1992, Bill Whittle joined the board of Haydock Park in 1972, becoming Chairman in 1981. In doing so he continued and built on the strong Whittle family tradition at the course, which has been owned and run by The Jockey Club since 1978.
 
Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
 
"On behalf of The Jockey Club I should like to thank Bill Whittle for his tremendous chairmanship of Haydock Park, where for more than 30 years he has overseen its continued success and development.
 
"Over that period he has helped to inspire racecourse managers and teams, enhance the quality of racing and develop Haydock into the successful friendly racecourse it is today. In the process he has added much to the Whittle family legacy at Haydock Park.
 
"Bill will retire as Chairman in May 2013 and I wish Peter Daresbury every success as the new Chairman of Haydock Park. I am sure his experience at Aintree, where he continues in the same role, and the partnership he has established with John Baker who runs both courses, will prove highly valuable."
 
Bill Whittle said:
 
"It has been the greatest privilege to serve as Chairman of Haydock Park for more than 30 years.
 
"I am proud to say Haydock Park is one of the finest racecourses in the country and I am tremendously impressed and grateful to the teams that have taken it from strength to strength.
 
"During this time the support and investment provided by The Jockey Club has been very important in this journey."
 
The Lord (Peter) Daresbury said:
 
"I am immensely proud to be asked to succeed Bill Whittle as Chairman of Haydock Park in May. In the last thirty years Bill has done an incredible amount for the course and racing in the North West.
 
"Once in post I very much look forward to expanding my working relationship with John Baker and his team who are running both Haydock Park and Aintree racecourses."
 
In 2013, Haydock Park is scheduled to stage 33 race meetings, including the Betfair Chase and Betfred Sprint Cup, as well as operating a thriving non-racing business, including staging conferences and events. The course is run by John Baker, North West Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses