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Friday, February 12, 2010


Goodwood Racecourse is delighted to announce that Adam Waterworth will succeed Rod Fabricius as Managing Director when he steps down at the end of this year.

Waterworth, currently Managing Director of Doncaster Racecourse, will join Goodwood in time for the five-day Glorious Meeting at the end of July.

There will be a phased handover through the racing season, with Waterworth assuming all responsibilities on January 1, 2011.

The 38-year-old joined Doncaster Racecourse in 2006 and has overseen the building of a much-acclaimed new grandstand as well as renovation of the racing surface.

He was with Racecourse Holdings Trust (now Jockey Club Racecourses) for 12 years previously.

Waterworth started out on his career in racing when he was accepted on the first Jockey Club Graduate Development Scheme after obtaining a degree in management studies from Leeds University.

He joined Cheltenham Racecourse as a trainee and also experienced working at other RHT courses before being appointed Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse in 1993.

His next job was as General Manager of RHT’s five small courses and he occupied the role for 18 months before becoming Managing Director of Haydock Park Racecourse.

Lord March, Group Chief Executive of the Goodwood Estate Company, commented: “Adam Waterworth has a wealth of horseracing experience and is the ideal person to continue Goodwood Racecourse’s reputation for excellence.

“He is taking over from Rod Fabricius, who started at Goodwood in 1982 and has done a great job in taking the racecourse forward.

“This is an exciting time for Goodwood and, while we are sad to see Rod step down from an executive role at the end of this year, we will continue to benefit from his advice and racing acumen as a Non-Executive Director of the Racecourse Board from 2011.”

Adam Waterworth said: “I have enjoyed my time at Doncaster Racecourse and will be sorry to leave but it is rare that a job like the one at Goodwood becomes available.

“It is a great opportunity for me and I am delighted to have been asked to take responsibility for one of the best-loved and most prestigious racecourses.

“I am looking forward to the challenge ahead at Goodwood and excited about the future for this famous racecourse.”

Ian Renton, Racing Director of Arena Leisure (owners of Doncaster Racecourse), added: “We have very much appreciated Adam’s contribution to Doncaster over the last four years and wish him all success for the future.”

Fabricius came to Goodwood in 1982 as General Manager and Clerk of the Course, having previously worked at Haydock Park, Chepstow, Lingfield Park and Aintree. He was appointed a Director of the Racecourse in 1987 and became a Director of the Goodwood Estate Company in 1991.

Goodwood has seen a number of innovations under his guidance, including the creation of the first Enterprise Fixture and the first Shergar Cup. He has also overseen the building of the Charlton Stand, the Sussex Grandstand and the redevelopment of the Paddock and Weighing Room, while the number of Pattern races at Goodwood has grown to 28 and racedays have increased from 15 to 23.

He first became a Member of the Jockey Club Race Planning Committee in 1981, was appointed as a Director of the Racecourse Association in 1985, chaired the Southern Area Racecourse Association in 2000, was made Chairman of the Super 12 consortium of racecourses in 2003 and more recently played a major role in the creation of Racing UK and Turf TV.

Fabricius, 59, declared: “I am delighted that Adam Waterworth has agreed to join Goodwood Racecourse because he is the right man for the job.

“We carried out the most thorough search for my successor including looking overseas and Adam emerged as clearly the best candidate.”

Horseracing on the Goodwood Estate dates back to 1801, with the Racecourse high on the Sussex Downs founded a year later.

Goodwood stages some of Britain’s most historic races, such as the Sussex Stakes, Nassau Stakes, Goodwood Cup, Stewards’ Cup, Molecomb Stakes and Richmond Stakes.

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