New MD to take the reins at Kelso Races

Jonathan Garratt, left, with Richard Landale.
Jonathan Garratt, left, with Richard Landale.

The board of Kelso Races has announced the appointment of Jonathan Garratt as its next managing director.

He will join later in the summer, ahead of the 2017-18 season. Richard Landale will remain as a director to help ensure a smooth transition and to assist with sponsorship.

Chairman Johnny Jeffreys said: “We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to lead our excellent team at Kelso. He was the outstanding candidate and has delivered impressive improvements at Cartmel, another small independent NH

course.

“Importantly, as the racing industry faces new challenges, his experience of race planning and involvement in the new pool betting project will be invaluable.

“For more than three decades, Richard has overseen significant change and development at Kelso. He has consistently championed the case for good prize money to attract good horses.

“He was the initiator of our solar farm and promoted our recent switch to more equine friendly hurdles. We are grateful that he will be helping to smooth the transition.”

Jonathan Garratt said: “Kelso Racecourse has held a special place in my heart for many years, ever since my work for Scottish Racing from 2004 onwards. It represents so many of the things that are great about National Hunt racing.

“I look forward to sustaining Kelso’s reputation as ‘Britain’s friendliest racecourse’ and building on Richard’s achievements.”