Warwick take over ‘reins’ of Ascot Racecourse


New CEO at Ascot Racecourse Image: Ascot Racecourse

The appointment of Alastair Warwick as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England (UK) was announced on March 20th.

‘Ascot Racecourse’ stated that Alastair joined Ascot in 2008 and most recently held the positions of Managing Director and Acting Chief Executive.

The 70,000-capacity Ascot Racecourse is a dual-purpose British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England (UK), which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It hosts 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Flat Group 1 horse races and three Grade 1 Jumps races.

Enthused Sir Francis Brooke, His Majesty’s Representative at Ascot and Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, “I am delighted that Alastair has accepted the position of Chief Executive on a permanent basis. Over the last 15 years, he has gained the leadership and strategic skills needed for this multifaceted role. He has also played a key part in developing an excellent senior management team. Alastair has a deep knowledge of Ascot and the racing industry. In recent years, in addition to being primarily responsible for racecourse operations, Alastair has led vital commercial relationships such as with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the successful development of the World Pool. In recent months he has also been heavily engaged in wider media and betting rights negotiations, including the delivery of the successful renewal of the Independent Television (ITV) terrestrial contract which was announced recently.”

‘Ascot Racecourse’ quoted Alastair Warwick as stating, “I am thrilled to be taking on the role on a permanent basis and would like to thank Francis and his fellow Trustees for the opportunity and for the trust they have placed in me. We have an amazing team. From race day ‘Bowler Hat’ stewards through to the senior team, everyone has the same aspirations for Ascot. During 15 years at Ascot, I have seen some of the best racing in the world and I look forward to welcoming future champions, equine and human.”

The Ascot Authority was established in 1913 by a further Act of Parliament, with His Majesty’s Representative becoming Senior Trustee. Today, as Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, Ascot has a formal Board chaired by Sir Francis Brooke Bt.

The ITV is a British free-to-air public broadcast television network. It was launched in 1955 as Independent Television to provide competition to BBC Television (established in 1936).

The World Pool was created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the UK Tote and Ascot Racecourse, and in collaboration of over 20 operators, enabling bettors from all over the globe to bet into a single pool. The result is enormous liquidity, and a multimillion pound betting experience. It is proving ever popular with racing fans and is generating a significant financial return for racing.

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