Following a meeting today of the Members of the Jockey Club, Nicholas Wrigley succeeded Julian Richmond-Watson as Senior Steward of the Jockey Club.
Nicholas Wrigley, who is Executive Vice Chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons and Chairman of York Racecourse, will serve a five year term as Senior Steward.
Reflecting on the appointment, he said: "It is a great honour to be asked by the Members of the Jockey Club to take on the role of Senior Steward. Despite the challenges presented by the current economic situation, the long term outlook for the Jockey Club is very positive and I am looking forward to the opportunities presented by the role. I would also like to publicly thank Julian Richmond-Watson for the outstanding job he has done as Senior Steward over the last six years and the service he has given to the Jockey Club and racing generally."
Julian Richmond-Watson served an extended term in order to oversee the transfer of regulation to the British Horseracing Authority and complete the re-structuring of the Jockey Club. The Club is now a commercially focused organisation, operating with a corporate structure to oversee and co-ordinate the running of the group's enterprises.
It is committed to re-investing its profits, dedicated to promoting quality and implementing measures to sustain the long-term success of horseracing.
The Senior Steward is responsible for chairing the Board of Stewards, which oversees the running of the Jockey Club group, including Jockey Club Racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, the National Stud and Racing Welfare.
Also at today's meeting, former Chairman of Newmarket Racecourse and Member of the Club, Ric Hambro, was fondly remembered. It was the first time that the Jockey Club had formally met since Ric lost his battle against cancer in April. His successor in the role of Chairman of Newmarket Racecourse is the out-going Senior Steward, Julian Richmond-Watson.