The Jockey Club announces today that Roderick Duncan has been appointed as the new Clerk of the Course at Huntingdon Racecourse, taking on the part-time role from 3rd December.
Roderick has worked in racing for 14 years, primarily as Clerk of the Course at Southwell and Doncaster overseeing improvements to the racing facilities and race programmes at both courses.
Roderick will succeed Jack Pryor, who has been Clerk at Huntingdon since 2016. Jack will take on a new dual role within The Jockey Club from the same date continuing as Clerk of the Course at Market Rasen in addition to becoming Event Director at the Blenheim International Horse Trials, which are organised by The Jockey Club.
James Wilcox, General Manager at Huntingdon Racecourse, said:
“I’m delighted to have someone of Roderick’s experience joining the team and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him as we prepare for some of our biggest fixtures throughout the winter, alongside the ongoing works to reinstate our facilities following severe flooding.
“I would like to thank Jack for all of the hard work and dedication he has shown to Huntingdon and the team in his time here. He has been an integral part of sustained improvement in our race programme and overcoming the challenges we have faced caused by the weather, and we wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Roderick Duncan said:
“I’m hugely excited to be taking on this role and being born and bred in East Anglia as well as now living near Newmarket, this feels very much like coming home. Huntingdon was one of the first racecourses I ever visited and I can’t wait to begin working with the team with some top-quality Jump racing coming up over the winter months.”
Jack Pryor said:
“It has been a great five years at Huntingdon and I’ve learnt a huge amount thanks to the brilliant team on course and their passion for the racecourse. I’d like to thank the trainers, jockeys and owners for their support over the years. We’ve hosted some of the very best horses in training and there is plenty to look back on and be proud of.
“I’m excited to be taking on my new dual role, continuing to work at Market Rasen alongside new responsibilities in delivering Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, as we look to build on the success of this year’s event in the years to come.”