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Article 5th October 2022 Epsom Downs

James Crespi will become the new General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, taking up his post from Monday 5th December, The Jockey Club announces today.

James (pictured below) joins from West Wittering Estate PLC where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2015, having previously spent 10 years at the Goodwood Estate working across the motor sport and music events before becoming General Manager at Goodwood Racecourse.

He will lead the Epsom Downs team across The Derby and the course’s wider fixture list, as well as working with the local training community and stakeholders in managing Epsom and Walton Downs.

The appointment comes as part of changes to the management structure across Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park which aims to capitalise on the opportunities for growth across the three courses.

Simon Durrant will remain as General Manager of Kempton Park Racecourse while Sarah Drabwell has been appointed General Manager of Sandown Park on a permanent basis, having held the position in an acting capacity since late 2021.

James Crespi said: “I’m excited to return to racing and think The Jockey Club is a fantastic, dynamic and forward thinking organisation. Epsom is steeped in legacy and a unique venue; I look forward to delivering first class racing there and helping to ensure the Derby remains the greatest Flat race globally for generations to come.”

Amy Starkey, Managing Director for The Jockey Club’s East Region, said: “I’m delighted that James will be joining the team and bringing such a wealth of experience in managing historic multi-use businesses.

“His appointment is part of a new management structure across our London courses which is designed to ensure the exciting opportunities for growth presented by all three venues can be seized upon.

“It is important that each course has a dedicated General Manager to lead our fantastic teams to deliver this and we are looking forward to exciting years ahead across Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park."


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