The Jockey Club has appointed new Chairmen at its Cheltenham, Huntingdon and Kempton Park racecourses from next year, it was announced today.
Martin St Quinton will succeed Robert Waley-Cohen as Chairman at Cheltenham Racecourse in May next year, at the end of the 2018-19 Jumps season. Martin is the Chairman and owner of Gloucester Rugby Club and joins the Cheltenham Racecourse Committee with immediate effect.
Martin chaired the funding committee which oversaw the £45 million redevelopment of The Princess Royal Stand at Cheltenham, which was opened in November 2015 on time and on budget.
A Jockey Club Member since December 2013, he was previously a Racecourse Committee Director at The Jockey Club’s Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Martin is also a successful racehorse owner, having had three winners at The Festival with Coulton, trained by Oliver Sherwood, Urubande, trained by Aidan O’Brien, and Monkerhostin, saddled by Philip Hobbs. He currently has horses in training with Hobbs and Emma Lavelle.
Robert Waley-Cohen, who took over from Lord Vestey in 2011, will continue in his role as Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse until the end of the 2018-19 Jumps season in May next year. Cheltenham is home to The Festival™ and the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, regarded as the pinnacle of Jumps racing. It staged 16 fixtures in the 2017-18 season.
Julian Taylor will take over from Paul Taiano as Chairman of Huntingdon Racecourse on 1st January 2019.
Currently a Racecourse Committee Director at Huntingdon Racecourse, Julian is a partner and former Board member of Millers Insurance Services LLP from 2004 to 2016. He is also a successful racehorse owner and has horses in training with Venetia Williams, Harry Fry and Henry De Bromhead.
Paul has been Chairman of the Cambridgeshire course since 2009, having been a Racecourse Committee Director since March 1995. He was awarded an OBE for services to Drama Training and Horse Racing Welfare in the 2018 New Year Honours List.
Huntingdon Racecourse staged 19 fixtures in the 2017-18 Jumps season. Its most prestigious raceday is The Betfred Peterborough Chase, run in December.
Kempton Park Racecourse
Richard Fuller will become Chairman at Kempton Park Racecourse on 1st January, succeeding Nick Mustoe.
Richard is a director at Fuller’s Brewery and currently a Racecourse Committee Director at Kempton Park.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Richard became Chairman of the Point to Point Racing Company in January 2018, having previously held the position of Chairman of the Point to Point Owners and Riders Association.
Richard is also a racehorse owner and has Mon Parrain with trainer Kim Smyly and other horses in the winter with Jamie Snowden. He also breeds and trains Point to Point horses at home.
Nick has been Chairman at Kempton Park Racecourse since January 2013, having been an active Racecourse Committee Director since 2005.
Kempton Park stages Jumps and Flat racing throughout the year on its turf and All Weather tracks, with the highlight of its calendar being the 32Red King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Commenting on the appointments, Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
“I am very much looking forward to working with Martin, Julian and Richard in their new roles next year. They have already made valuable contributions to our sport and I know that their passion and zest for racing, combined with their expertise and professional experience, will help The Jockey Club to thrive in 2019 and beyond.
“I am also extremely grateful to our three outgoing Chairmen, Robert, Paul and Nick, for their hard work and commitment, not only for the good of The Jockey Club, but British Racing as a whole.
“These positions require a significant amount of personal time and dedication and I take this opportunity to thank both our outgoing and incoming Chairmen for their dedication and enthusiasm.”