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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Nick Blofeld, Managing Director of Epsom Downs Racecourse, has accepted a new position outside of racing which he will take up in August.

Blofeld, who recently completed a five-year sponsorship deal with Investec for their sponsorship of the Derby Festival, joined the Epsom Downs team in 2004 and succeeded Stephen Wallis as the track’s Managing Director in 2007.

During his time in charge at Epsom, he has overseen the successful completion of the £38m re-development project, culminating in the recent opening of the new Duchess’s Stand.

Chairman of Epsom Downs, Anthony Cane, said: “We will be very sad to see Nick go. He has done a terrific job and I would like to think that it took a special offer to prise him away from here.

“With the re-development project complete, a long-term partner in place for the Derby Festival and the return of a full racing programme at Epsom, he will leave the track in excellent shape and we wish him all the best.”

Nick Blofeld added: “I have mixed feelings moving on from Epsom Downs, it is a stunning place with a great team and I have had a wonderful time here.

“The course and The Downs mean so much to so many people, especially the local and racing communities. I’m proud to have played a part in its re-development, with the new hotel, entrance pavilion and Duchess’s Stand meaning that both our customers and the team have much better facilities.”

Paul Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for Jockey Club Racecourses, who with Anthony Cane and Nick Blofeld secured the Investec sponsorship deal, will lead the search for his successor.

He said: “Everyone at Jockey Club Racecourses is disappointed that Nick is moving on. He was one of our Sales and Marketing experts and thanks to Nick’s contribution whoever picks up the reins at Epsom will inherit a great platform on which to build an exciting future for the course.

“We have already started the process of identifying his successor and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement before Nick’s departure in August.”


Newmarket Equine Hospital was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya of Jordan on Wednesday 13th May when she made a official visit to the state of the art facility and unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening in front of 300 guests.

On arrival at Newmarket Equine Hospital, HRH Princess Haya of Jordan was presented with a posy of flowers by Miss Alice Wright and Miss Grace Wright, daughters of Senior Surgeon, Ian Wright, before being formally introduced to the senior partners of the hospital.

A former Olympic Show Jumper, President of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) and owner of last year’s Derby winner, New Approach, Princess Haya received a tour of the 15 acre site which opened in September last year and which houses some of the most advanced veterinary diagnostic equipment available in Europe including, MRI, Scintigraphy and the Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope. She also received a behind the scenes tour of the surgery suite which will be officially known as the HRH Princess Haya of Jordan Surgery Suite.

David Ellis, Senior Partner of Newmarket Equine Hospital commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Princess Haya to Newmarket Equine Hospital and are thrilled that Her Royal Highness agreed to officially open the new facility of which we are immensely proud and will enable us to provide an even better service for all our clients.”

Newmarket Equine Hospital has been purpose built with greatly expanded facilities. The design of the main hospital building is an asymmetric cross with 4 wings – reception and offices, laboratory, diagnostics and theatres. In addition there is a separate intensive care unit and an expanded diagnostic unit for advanced imaging modalities.

The theatres have been up and running smoothly since the move, with over 500 surgeries performed already. The unit includes dedicated orthopaedic and soft tissue suites with the highest spec facilities and networked digital imaging and is fed by four anaesthetic induction and recovery stalls to cope comfortably with the (approximately) 800 surgeries performed annually.

The hospital has expanded its previous diagnostic capabilities and now has 2 high powered xray suites, ultrasonography and in the expanded unit, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), representing truly state-of-the-art facilities.

For the examination of lameness we have built an examination area with a floodlit 20x40m ménage, hard and soft lunging areas and 2 trot-up runways.To cope with the expanded facilities, there are over 80 stables for in-patients, which have already housed over 50 horses at one time.

The laboratory is equipped to offer a full range of diagnostic services for hospital patients, but also offering a complete service to external patients and referring veterinary practices.

A highly trained team of specialists including consultants in medicine, surgery, orthopaedics and anaesthesia and an excellent team of support staff will ensure that Newmarket Equine Hospital continue to provide the very best equine veterinary care for its patients and clients.

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