Get to know the team that work behind the scenes to bring you world-class racing and experiences at Kempton Park Racecourse. First up, its Kempton Park's General manager, Steve Parlett...
Name & Job title
Steve Parlett – General Manager, Kempton Park Racecourse
How long have you worked for The Jockey Club?
I started in March of 2004 so 16 1/2 years now!
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Every day is different, the site at Kempton is always busy with c70 racedays most years, 51 markets, 23 antiques fairs before you consider any other types of events we host. Days vary between looking at the longer terms goals/plans for the business and short term projects. Making sure all the teams feel that whilst they have autonomy to focus on their roles support/help is always available. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us look at how we work and can we work in a more efficient way, one example being face to face meetings across the region/group will surely reduce after the introduction of team and zoom calls. A reduction in the need to travel as much is surely a positive not only environmentally but also for peoples time management and wellbeing, a 5 hour drive to Haydock for example might become a thing of the past and allow us to still collaborate but do it in a much healthier way.
Where would we find you on a raceday?
I try to ensure I am moving between all the areas of the course, public areas, owners & trainers, hospitality, the Panoramic Restaurant and the parade ring and will usually be on the move most of the day.
What is your earliest horseracing memory?
Watching the 1984 Grand National and having a winning bet on Hallo Dandy, I was hooked after that and it feels like the last time I had a winning bet!
What tip would you give to someone looking to work in the racing industry?
Never stop learning and always ask questions, really listen to the answers people give and use their knowledge to increase yours. I have been lucky to work with some amazing people who have been so giving of their time and experience that you can’t help gain a better understanding of racing and in a lot of cases life.
What would be your top 3 recommendations on how to enjoy a raceday at a Jockey Club racecourse?
Look for the offer that best suits your expectations and pocket, there are so many to choose from. Consider some of the less fashionable days to really get up close to the action but also don’t forget the Ladbrokes King George, a day everybody should try to add to experience at least once.
If you would love to join The Jockey Club team, keep an eye out on our careers page for any upcoming oppurtunities.