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Press Release 20th December 2022

It is announced today that William Sporborg is the new Chair of Jockey Club Estates. Sporborg succeeds Peter Stanley, who has been Chair since 2018, and will take up his appointment on January 1st 2023. At the same time, Sporborg also becomes a Steward of The Jockey Club.  


A former amateur jockey, Newmarket based Sporborg is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge University and a chartered accountant. William has worked in private equity, venture capital and private companies over the last thirty years, and is currently Managing Partner at Managing Capital LLP. William has also served on the race committees at Huntingdon and Newmarket almost continuously since 2003. 


In addition, Richard Pilkington, the Chairman of Nottingham Racecourse, has been announced today as a new director of Jockey Club Estates.  He joins former trainer and bloodstock agent John Ferguson who has also recently taken up a post as a Jockey Club Estates director.   


Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “I would like to welcome William Sporborg as the new Chair of Jockey Club Estates. William brings a wide-ranging experience to the role, which is vital with the large portfolio of property and land managed by Jockey Club Estates.  


“In addition, I would also like to welcome John Ferguson and Richard Pilkington to the board of Jockey Club Estates. These roles involve a considerable sacrifice of time, and I am pleased we have two such distinguished people willing to do so. 


“Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to Peter Stanley who has led Jockey Club Estates with distinction over the last five years. I wish him all the best for the future.” 


About Jockey Club Estates  


Jockey Club Estates is the property and land management arm of The Jockey Club group. The company manages a substantial and diverse property portfolio, providing first-class racehorse training facilities as well as hospitality in the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket. 


Jockey Club Estates is responsible for the management and maintenance of facilities at three major racehorse training centres: Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom. 


The Jockey Club Rooms, home to The Jockey Club for 270 years, is the jewel in the crown of the company’s portfolio of over 90 properties. The Rooms offer bespoke hosting and dining opportunities to both private and corporate customers. 


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