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Perth Racecourse appoints Matthew Taylor as new Racing Manager

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Matthew Taylor, Racecourse Services Executive at the Racecourse Association (RCA), has been appointed as Racing Manager and trainee Clerk of the Course at Perth Racecourse.

Perth is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew in the new, enhanced position of Racing Manager which reflects the ongoing growth and investment in racing at the Scone venue.

Matthew takes up the post with effect from January 2019 while Harriet Graham continues as Raceday Clerk of the Course at Perth until such time that Matthew has successfully completed his training to become a Clerk of the Course.

Perth Racecourse CEO Hazel Peplinski said: “Matthew’s full-time appointment as Racing Manager is very exciting for the future of Perth Racecourse in allowing us to give our core business of horse racing the focus that it clearly deserves in an ever more competitive environment.

“Matthew’s knowledge of the racing industry, integrity and raw enthusiasm to qualify as a Clerk of the Course has really shone through. The RCA, where Matthew has quickly become a highlyregarded Racecourse Service Executive, has a tremendous track record in producing hard-working quality executives for its member racecourses.

“Whilst Matthew’s Clerk training shall continue through much of 2019, I fully expect him to be a major asset to Perth from the minute he starts in the New Year in this new Racing Manager role.”

A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University – BSc (Hons): Economics – Matthew’s love and knowledge of racing has expanded during his time as a deputy branch manager with William Hill, through the British Horseracing graduate scheme and in his present role with the RCA. Matthew said: “I am delighted to be joining Perth Racecourse, a place with rich history for National Hunt racing. Scottish Racing is thriving at the moment and it is great to have the opportunity to contribute to the further growth of the sport. The scope of the Racing Manager role and being a trainee Clerk of the Course really excites me and I cannot wait to get started.”

Perth runs a 15-fixture National Hunt season from April to September and enjoyed a 4.4% increase in attendances in 2018, following a record investment of more than £1m in prize-money across the season. Ticket prices have been frozen for 2019.

Hazel added: “We feel very fortunate that Harriet Graham is willing to continue as our Raceday Clerk until such time Matthew is fully trained. With Donald Gow as our Head Groundsman of 41 years, Matthew is going to be surrounded by so much experience making this a unique opportunity for him and we would like to wish him every success and the warmest of welcomes to Scotland.”