Monday 1st September marks the start of new era for The Jockey Club as it welcomes Simon Bazalgette into the role of Chief Executive of The Jockey Club. The position is a new one and reflects The Jockey Club's intention to adopt a more proactive and coordinated group approach to the management of its commercial assets, so as to maximise its contribution to racing.
The group's interests include 14 racecourses, among them Cheltenham, Aintree, Newmarket and Epsom Downs, as well as the provision of public training facilities in Newmarket and Lambourn, a property portfolio and the National Stud. Jockey Club Racecourses is the largest shareholder in Racing UK and the largest racecourse shareholder in Turf TV.
Simon Bazalgette, 46, was previously Executive Chairman of Racing UK and of Racecourse Media Services ("RMS"), the vehicle through which 31 racecourses manage their 50% stake in Turf TV. His responsibilities as Chief Executive of The Jockey Club include chairing the Board of Jockey Club Racecourses, ensuring maximum value is obtained from the group's commercial and media rights, promoting the role of The Jockey Club in the public arena and developing relationships with key players in the racing and betting industries. As Chief Executive, he will be The Jockey Club's representative on a number of Boards and Committees, including the RCA, Racing UK and RMS, as well as representing the Racing UK racecourses on Racing Enterprises Ltd ("REL") and Amalgamated Racing (which operates Turf TV).
Simon Bazalgette said: "This is an exciting opportunity; the objective is to take The Jockey Club forward and enable it to fulfill its commercial potential, thereby further increasing its contribution to the sport. With its range of valuable assets, principally through the racecourses and the quality of racing they stage, I believe that this new position will effectively be the leading commercial role in British racing.
"I look forward to working closely with the key stakeholders to help secure the sport's health and prosperity going forward. One of my first tasks will be to lead The Jockey Club together with likeminded racecourses in an effort to ensure that racing retains a vested interest in the Tote."
The Chief Executive of the Jockey Club will report directly to the main board of Jockey Club Stewards. The appointment will enable a more coordinated group approach by The Jockey Club and also means a new role for Andrew Gould, previously Acting Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, who takes on the position of Group Finance & Commercial Director. Paul Fisher remains as Chief Operating Officer of Jockey Club Racecourses and will head up the racecourse division.