JCR appoints Jason Fildes as General Manager at Haydock Park

18th December 2014

Jockey Club Racecourses, the UK’s leading racecourse group, today announced the appointment of Jason Fildes as General Manager at its Haydock Park Racecourse from 5th January 2015.

Jason Fildes brings 25 years of business management and retail experience in the north west and has been a racecourse committee director at Haydock Park since 2013.

He founded the Barden Mill Company in Lancashire in 1993 as a textiles company and, as Managing Director, built it into a retail venue with annual turnover of £3.5 million and more than 300,000 visitors a year. A keen racing enthusiast, Jason Fildes has had horses in training with Alan King, William Haggas and William Kinsey.

In his new role he will report to John Baker, who is responsible for the running of Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park as North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses.

Jason Fildes succeeds Garry Fortune in the General Manager role, who was recently appointed as Head of Jockey Club Venues, The Jockey Club’s busy conferences and events arm that operates across the Group’s 15 racecourses nationwide. 

Haydock Park stages 32 racedays annually on the Flat and over Jumps. Highlights include the Betfair Chase Festival, Betfred Sprint Cup Festival, Pertemps Swinton Hurdle Day and Betfred Temple Stakes Weekend. It also operates as a leading centre for conferences and events in the north west of England. It forms part of The Jockey Club’s north west region of racecourses, alongside Aintree and Carlisle.

John Baker, North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

“Jason has already displayed his energetic, enthusiastic and charismatic approach as a director of the racecourse committee. I am looking forward to working with him on the many ideas he has to make a difference at Haydock Park on the back of his great track record in business in the north west.”

Lord Daresbury, Chairman of Haydock Park Racecourse, said:

“I am delighted that Jason will make the switch from the racecourse committee to become General Manager at Haydock Park. He has a thorough knowledge and passion for racing and is very well connected in the north west business community. I think he will make a fantastic contribution to the future of Haydock Park.”

Jason Fildes said:

"I am passionate about the success of Haydock Park, its status in the local community and in British racing. I have
thoroughly enjoyed being part of the racecourse committee and that experience
will give me a head start as General Manager.

"My involvement with the course goes right back to my student days as a young racegoer. I have very fond memories of seeing Forgive 'N Forget winning the Tommy Whittle Chase almost 30 years ago, which we stage here again on

"I am looking forward to working with the excellent team in place here at Haydock and with John Baker who does a superb job as Regional Director. I believe the attention to detail required in running a retail business, combined
with the day-to-day involvement with staff and customers, will be useful in my new role."