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Warwick Racecourse


If you need to contact the racecourse committee, please email Alastair Watson



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andrew clark

Andy worked for ten years in the hotel industry, then abroad in the Middle East for four years. Shortly after his return he set up a mobile telecoms company, Gemini Trading, and ran that for eight years before selling it to Azzurri communications, a company headed by Martin St Quinton, who takes over as Cheltenham Chairman in May 2019.


Andy joined the Warwick Committee in 2007 before becoming Chairman in 2013. He was made a member of the Jockey Club in December 2017.


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Richard Samuda was a partner for 20 years in KPMG specialising in retail and subsequently management consulting retiring in 2004. Since then he has acted as Chairman of a Midlands based property investment and development company based in Birmingham. He is currently Chairman of an Acute and Community NHS Trust in Sandwell and West Birmingham. He lives locally to Warwick and is married to Jill who runs a healthcare charity.

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Cathy Twiston-Davies


Cathy became a director at Warwick Racecourse during the 17/18 season. Whilst being involved with Warwick Racecourse, Cathy also drives the community bus and enjoys every aspect of country life. Cathy is mother to Sam and William.



nick cheyne


Nick Cheyne was made a member of The Jockey Club in 2018 and joined the committee of Warwick in 2010. Nick is also on the board of The Jockey Club Estates and is a member of The York Race Committee.


Nick Joined Weatherbys in 2004 as Client Relations Director and is now a Partner in Weatherbys Hamilton. Prior to joining Weatherbys, Nick was Clerk of the Course at Ascot from 1994 - 2004 and before that Clerk of the Course at Sandown from 1988-1994.


steven smith


Steven has a degree in Law as well as being a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He has held many senior financial positions in both large Public and Private businesses. Currently, he is CEO of Candy Ventures, a private equity fund specialising in technology businesses.


Steven set up Hunscote Stud, based near Warwick, in 2012. Six years on the Stud boasts 17 brood mares and a 40% share in the stallion, Cityscape. 2018 was a breakthrough year with home bred Dan’s Dream (Cityscape x Royal Ffanci) winning the Group 3 Fred Darling stakes at Newbury.

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Amanda langdale


Amanda has ridden since the age of five with a love of equestrian sports and racing when time allowed - owning hunters and point to pointers before marrying and raising two children whilst living in Warwickshire.

In 1979, Amanda started a dried flower business which ended up employing 30 people – exporting flowers all over the world as well as supplying many outlets from Harrods to Sainsbury’s. Alongside this, Amanda produced a coffee-table book which was published by Random Century and sold 40,000+ copies.

Widowed in 1992 – sold the business to a firm in Peterborough with further involvement for 18 months designing and forming a production line for arrangements for Marks and Spencer’s. After this, Amanda retired and remarried in 1995 then moved to Oxfordshire in 2002 where home has been ever since.

Amanda trained as an Honorary Steward with the BHA in 2009 at the same time as joining Warwick Racecourse Committee.  As well as being on the panel at Wolverhampton, Stratford, Ludlow and Towcester racecourses. Alongside this Amanda has been involved with various racehorse in the past and ongoing - including a small breeding syndicate raising four Kayf Tara foals – two of which are still in training.


Aiden Murphy


Aiden has worked in the Bloodstock industry all of his life, initially for David Nicholson for 10 years from 1986 from where he developed his Bloodstock Agency, Whitson Bloodstock.


He runs Warren Chase Stud and works with his son Olly Murphy who began training in July 2017. He is currently on the board of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.


Simon Sweeting


Simon Sweeting grew up on a National Hunt stud. He spent his formative years working on stud farms and was assistant trainer for Henry Cecil, Bobby Frankel and Luca Cumani.


He returned to the stud side of the business in 2000 and runs Overbury Stud, which currently stands six stallions, both flat and NH including Kayf Tara, the UK’s National Hunt sire.

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