The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Jones to its Board of Stewards and confirmed the election of JP McManus, Sir Neil Westbrook, Lady Bamford and William Barlow as new Members.
Board of Stewards appointment
Nicholas Jones joins the Board of Stewards from 1 January 2011, having been appointed a Member of The Jockey Club in 2007. He recently retired as Vice-Chairman of leading investment bank, Lazard.
He was Chairman of The National Stud from 1991 to 2000, which is now part of The Jockey Club; Deputy Chairman and senior independent director of Ladbrokes plc; independent director of Candover Investments plc; and an independent director of Newbury Racecourse plc.
At his Coln Valley Stud in Gloucestershire, Jones currently has eight broodmares. He also has several horses in training; his most notable have included Silk Petal, Star Tulip, Scarlet Runner and Ringaroses.
The Jockey Club's 2011 Board of Stewards is Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward; Michael Henriques, Deputy Senior Steward; Sandy Dudgeon; Sir Ian Good CBE; Nicholas Jones; Andrew Merriam; and The Duke of Roxburghe. The Board of Stewards oversees the running of all The Jockey Club's interests, which encompasses Jockey Club Racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, The National Stud and Racing Welfare.
Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: "We are delighted to welcome Nicholas to our board, where I'm sure The Jockey Club will benefit from his business acumen and passion for racing, as we seek to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
Four new Members of The Jockey Club elected
The Jockey Club has elected two new Honorary Members and two Ordinary Members:
JP McManus (Honorary Member) is one of the leading racehorse owners and breeders in the UK and Ireland, and a generous donor to charity. He has more than 100 horses in training and he and his wife Noreen live at Martinstown Stud, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
As a prolific owner, McManus has won many of the world's greatest National Hunt races. Perhaps his most famous horse, Istabraq, won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham three times. This year he won the John Smith's Grand National with Don't Push It, ridden by Champion jockey, Tony McCoy, and trained by Jonjo O'Neil and the Champion Hurdle with Binocular ridden by Tony McCoy and trained by Nicky Henderson. McManus is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he operates a foreign exchange business and other commercial interests.
Sir Neil Westbrook CBE (Honorary Member) has displayed a major commitment to Flat racing and breeding for more than half a century. He has been a generous supporter of training and education within the industry, and is a Trustee of the Wavertree Charitable Foundation.
Chairman and Managing Director of Central Manchester Holdings Ltd from 1960 to 2005, Sir Neil has owned numerous horses, including the 2002 St. Leger winner Bollin Eric, who went on to stand at The National Stud. Today he has four horses in training with Tim Easterby and previously with his father and grandfather, as well as six broodmares. He is based in the Isle of Man.
Lady Bamford (Carole) (Ordinary Member) has pursued her passion for racing with several horses in training and has developed Daylesford Stud in Gloucestershire with great success. She has also proved a highly successful entrepreneur, founding Daylesford Organic, a set of award-winning organic farmshops and cafés in Daylesford, Notting Hill, Pimlico and Selfridges on Oxford Street, London.
Lady Bamford works hard in support of numerous charities and trusts. Her husband, Sir Anthony Bamford, is the Chairman of one of the world's leading manufacturers of construction equipment, JCB, which is a sponsor at Cheltenham Racecourse.
William Barlow (Ordinary Member) is one of the most experienced racecourse Stewards in British racing, currently stewarding at Bangor, Chester, Ascot, Kempton and Goodwood racecourses. As an amateur jockey, he rode more than 40 Point-to-Point winners and today is a non-executive director of The Jockey Club's Aintree Racecourse. He has had horses in training with William Jenks and Oliver Sherwood.
Barlow, whose occupation is in banking, is currently a non-director of Majedie Investments plc and is a senior executive at prime broker, Newedge Group, which is a joint venture between Societe Generale and Credit Agricole. Formerly he was Managing Director of DnB Asset Management (UK) Ltd in London.
Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: "I'm very pleased to welcome four new Members who, in different ways, make a tremendous contribution to our sport."