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Friday, May 25, 2007


Newmarket Racecourses announced today that Lisa Hancock, Managing Director, has decided to step down at the close of the current season in order to spend more time with her young family.

Lisa, who was appointed Managing Director at Newmarket in October, 2000, has two children, aged three and a half and one respectively. She joined Jockey Club Racecourses (then RHT) in 1994 straight from the British Horseracing Board graduate course and has been with the group ever since, during which time she has worked at Warwick, Huntingdon, Aintree, Haydock Park and Newmarket.

Lisa Hancock said: “This has been an incredibly hard decision for me because I love my job here at Newmarket and I have a fantastic team but, quite simply, I want to spend more time with my family.

“I am really proud of the progress that we as a business have made over the last seven years and I shall miss my involvement and my superb team terribly but I am also really looking forward to spending more time with my children as they grow up.”

Richard Hambro, chairman of Newmarket Racecourses, commented: “Over the past three years, I have been honoured to work with someone of Lisa’s exceptional talent.

“She has the rare ability of being able to communicate successfully with all our customer groups, from owners and trainers to sponsors and racegoers. She has been an extraordinary asset to both Newmarket and Jockey Club Racecourses.”

He added: “On a personal note, I shall miss Lisa greatly, as will all those who have worked with her at Newmarket.”

Andrew Coppel, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Lisa has been an outstanding managing director at Newmarket and a loyal servant to the group for 13 years.

“She has hosted “the home of racing” in a truly professional manner and gained the respect of all who have had an involvement with Newmarket. She will be leaving us on a real high following the development of the outstanding new facilities at the July Course, which she has overseen.

“We hope to retain the benefit of her experience in some form when she leaves us at the end of this Flat season. In the meantime, we will begin the process of identifying her replacement for this key role.”

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