Tommy Cooper is a chartered surveyor and land agent who is a well-known figure in the sport, acting as a Racecourse Steward at several East Midlands tracks, including Market Rasen’s sister racecourses at Nottingham and Huntingdon. Racing has always been in Tommy’s blood with both of his parents acting as Racecourse Stewards.
Tommy’s earliest racing memories are of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1963 won by Only for Life and when he bunked off school with his father to see Royal Palace win the 1968 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in a photo finish from Taj Dewan.
Jeremy is an executive search consultant having previously practiced as a solicitor in London for many years. He has been involved with horses all his life and first set foot on a racecourse nearly fifty years ago, since when he has been a regular visitor. He has also had the occasional interest in some, sadly slow, racehorses!
Jeremy has been a racecourse Steward for a number of years serving on the panels of various courses throughout the East Midlands, East Anglia and South Yorkshire. He was a panel Steward here at Market Rasen until he joined the Committee at the start of 2017.
Michael has over 30 years of commercial experience having owned and managed companies both in the UK and in the USA. For the last 5 years Michael has been a consultant focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
Michael’s interest in horses goes back to riding when younger, hunting with the Grove & Rufford, and some eventing with his own horses. Michael was also on the Hunt committee for over 20 years. He has always had a keen interest in horse racing and was fortunate to be associated with many successes on both the flat and jumps with his Father-in-law’s horses during the 1980s/90s.
BRIDGET DUDGEON (BIDDY)
Biddy is a Chartered Surveyor and practiced as a Land Agent for 20 years before her mid-life crisis, when she took up embroidery! Biddy runs her own web-based business from home, called Monogrammed Presents.
Biddy has followed and been involved in National Hunt racing all her life, with her family and husband’s family. Biddy and Johnny Dudgeon are both from farming families and met at Cirencester Agricultural College in the 1980s. Johnny and Biddy have two sons and live near Grantham.
Sue’s background has been in Further Education, working as Head Lecturer at North Lindsey College. Since leaving education & having a family, Sue has worked as secretary of the local Bloodwise charity, organising and jointly running fund raising events. Sue supports her husband who has his own business, liaising with overseas customers from USA, Hong Kong, Japan & Thailand.
Sue was born and raised in Licolnshire; she and her family of the local community. It is her in-laws, Jean & Paul Lucas, who first introduced her to horseracing. Sue is the fifth generation of the family to be involved at Market Rasen Racecourse, joining the committee in January 2016.