Jeff Randall appointed to Sandown Park racecourse committee
24th April 2014
The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, which reinvests all profits back into the sport, today appointed Jeff Randall, one of the UK's most respected journalists, as a non-executive racecourse committee director of its Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey.
The former presenter of Jeff Randall Live on Sky News, Editor-at-Large of The Daily Telegraph, Business Editor of the BBC and Sports Editor of The Sunday Times, Randall is a lifelong horseracing fan and regular visitor to several of The Jockey Club's racecourses.
Randall retired from journalism in March this year, but as part of a move from the newsroom to the boardroom, he has joined also the board of Babcock International plc, the UK's leading engineering support services company, as a non-executive director and chairman of its remuneration committee.
He takes up his new role at Sandown Park at this weekend’s climax to the Jump season – the bet365 Jumps Finale fixture, featuring Grade 1 racing and where AP McCoy will be crowned Champion Jump jockey for the 19th consecutive year – joining the racecourse committee under the chairmanship of Mike Street OBE.
Sandown Park in Esher stages 25 Flat and Jump fixtures in 2014, including the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase, as well as operating as a busy conference and events venue. It is part of The Jockey Club, which turns over more than £150m annually through its 15 racecourses, including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket; more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds; property portfolio, including the historic Jockey Club Rooms; and The National Stud.
Jeff Randall said:
"I am delighted to be joining the racecourse committee at Sandown Park, one of my favourite racecourses. Thanks to my late father, I was introduced to the sport in the early 1970s and it has been a source of huge enjoyment ever since. Now, through my involvement with The Jockey Club, I have a chance to give something back. I’m grateful for the opportunity."
Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
"I should like to welcome Jeff on behalf of The Jockey Club. He has been one of the nation’s most revered business journalists over the last 35 years and a passionate racing fan. We are delighted Jeff has agreed to join us at Sandown Park to help in our mission to act for the long-term good of British racing."
Mike Street OBE, Chairman of Sandown Park Racecourse, said:
"It is clear that racing has a special place in Jeff’s heart and I speak for all at Sandown Park in saying we are thrilled he is joining our team.
"Sandown Park is one of London’s premier racecourses, just 25 minutes from Waterloo to Esher in Surrey. Jeff’s superb professional experience and network, particularly within the City and wider business community will be a tremendous asset to Jockey Club Racecourses and British racing as a whole."