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Renton new Cheltenham head after JCR shake-up

17 August 2012

IAN RENTON is to take over from Edward Gillespie as the man in charge at Cheltenham, an announcement which came as something of a surprise.


It had been expected that Jockey Club Racecourses would appoint someone from within the group to replace Gillespie, who has been credited with transforming Cheltenham's fortunes during his 32 years at the helm. Instead they chose the hugely experienced Renton, managing director at Arena Leisure who had been trainee manager at Cheltenham from 1985 to 1988.


The announcement was made by JCR on Monday with Renton one of four regional directors who will report to the group managing director Paul Fisher and join the JCR board. Dickon White at Haydock and Julian Thick at Aintree had been thought to be the frontrunners for the Cheltenham job but will now report to John Baker, who has been given responsibility for JCR's north west area.

Renton will be responsible for the south west, Amy Starkey for the east and Rupert Trevelyan for the London tracks.

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