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Thursday, February 15, 2007


Ascot Racecourse today announces the appointment of Charles Barnett as Chief Executive, taking over from Douglas Erskine-Crum.

Charles Barnett, 58, has been Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse since 1993. He was also Chief Executive of Chester Racecourse during this period, between 1993 and 2000. Prior to this Charles was Chief Executive of Haydock Park Racecourse and Haydock Park Leisure Company for nine years and before that he held various management and business development positions in the shipping industry.

Charles will join Ascot in May. Janet Walker, Commercial and Finance Director, continues as acting Chief Executive in the interim and will report to Charles when he commences in the role.

The Duke of Devonshire, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot and Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited said:

“I am delighted that Charles is joining Ascot. Charles has a huge amount of experience of the racing industry, latterly as the driving force behind the world’s most famous and highest profile jumps race, the John Smiths Grand National. He is highly regarded within the racing industry and the ideal person to lead Ascot into the post-redevelopment era.”

Charles Barnett said:

“Ascot is the best known racecourse in the world and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the Board and the team at Ascot to maintain and enhance this.”

Lord Daresbury, Chairman of Aintree Racecourse, said:

“On behalf of the Board of Aintree I would like to congratulate Charles on his appointment as Chief Executive of Ascot. Charles has done a wonderful job at Aintree, most significantly in overseeing the redevelopment programme and building the Grand National into the hugely successful event that it is today. I wish him every success for the future.”


Danehill’s Group 2-winning son Danroad has had his first Northern Hemisphere foal. The colt was born at Ed Sexton’s Rathmuck Stud in Co Kildare and is out of the Diesis mare Demeter, a daughter of the 1993 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Nicer.

“He’s a very well-proportioned handsome colt with a real touch of quality about him - very much like the foals Danroad has had in the Southern Hemisphere,” reported John McGrath, racing manager to the Hong Kong Breeders’ Club, who bred the colt.

Danroad is standing his second Northern Hemisphere season at Rathmuck Stud and he looks set to receive a bumper book of mares. He will cover at least 20 mares belonging to the Hong Kong Breeders’ Club and has a further 30 mares booked already.

His first Southern Hemishpere foals have made a big impact, recently realising prices that include AUS$100,000 and NZ$95,000 in the sale ring.

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