A new Clerk of the Course has been appointed at Warwick Racecourse.
Jane Hedley, who is currently Clerk of the Course at fellow Jockey Club Racecourses Nottingham and Market Rasen, will take up the position in January 2016.
She will combine her new role at Warwick with continuing her work at Nottingham.
Jane joined Jockey Club Racecourses in 2012 and qualified as a Clerk of the Course the following year when she took on both Nottingham and Market Rasen.
Originally from south east Scotland, she had previously worked in the racing industry for some 15 years, the last six of which were as Yard Manager for Mark Johnston Racing in Leyburn.
Warwick is one of the oldest racecourses in the country and is now in its second season as an all-jumps track with a plan to become one of the UK’s leading small jumps courses.
It stages 17 jump racing fixtures a year and season highlights include the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle), Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase and Grade 3 handicap Betfred Classic Chase.
Jane said: “It is a really exciting time to be joining Warwick Racecourse with its focus as an all-jumps track. I am looking forward to taking on a fresh challenge and helping to solidify Warwick’s position as one of the premier small jumps tracks in the country.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved at Nottingham and Market Rasen over the last few years with both tracks now holding the ROA Gold Standard Award in recognition of their excellent owners’ raceday experience.
“Being Clerk of the Course for Nottingham and Warwick will work well as Nottingham is a summer Flat course and Warwick is a winter jumps course. I will be sad to leave Market Rasen but am delighted to have been given this new opportunity.”
Jane will take over from Sulekha Varma, who has been Clerk of the Course at Warwick and Huntingdon since 2012 and is leaving Jockey Club Racecourses to become Racing Manager at Hamilton Park Racecourse in South Lanarkshire.
Liam Johnson, trainee General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Jane to Warwick Racecourse where she will bring great experience gained as Clerk of the Course at our sister Jockey Club Racecourses in the East region.
“We wish Sulekha well and look forward to Jane working with our new General Manager Andre Klein, who will be taking up his role in November, to enhance Warwick’s profile as one of the leading small jumps courses in the country.”
A process is already being undertaken by Jockey Club Racecourses to fill Jane’s position at Market Rasen and Sulekha’s position at Huntingdon.