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Haydock boss favourite for Cheltenham role

18 July 2012

HAYDOCK managing director Dickon White is believed to be leading the race to become supremo at Cheltenham but Jockey Club Racecourses has insisted that no decision has been taken on who will replace Edward Gillespie.


White, who has long impressed bosses and industry insiders both at Haydock and in his previous role at Aintree, is understood to have significantly advanced his claims in the process to appoint a candidate who will take on much more than just the Cheltenham brief.

Gillespie informed JCR in April that he would be relinquishing a position he had held since 1980. At the same time his departure was announced, JCR made public plans to create a radically revamped management structure for its tracks, with Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton all set to be led by a new south west regional director.


While White is thought to be favourite to take on that directorship, JCR has made it clear that others are also in contention, including candidates from within the organisation and outside racing.


White took control of Haydock in 2006 and successfully oversaw the creation of a second Flat track at the venue and the rise in prestige of the Betfair Chase. He is also credited within the group of transforming the Thursday and Friday of the John Smith's Grand National meeting while Aintree's commercial manager.

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