New managing director appointed for Kelso Races

Kelso Races' newly appointed managing director  Jonathan Garratt pictured with Richard Landale who will be stepping down from the role later this summer.
Kelso Races' newly appointed managing director Jonathan Garratt pictured with Richard Landale who will be stepping down from the role later this summer.

After over 30 years as managing director of Kelso Races, Richard Landale will hand over that role to Jonathan Garrett later this year.

Richard will remain as a director to help ensure a smooth transition and to assist with sponsorship.

Races chairman Johnny Jeffreys chairman, 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 National Hunt 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 said: “Kelso Racecourse has held a special place in my heart for many years – ever since my work for Scottish Racing from 2004.

“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.

Jonathan was appointed managing director of Cartmel Steeplechase Holker in August 2010, and he is currently focused on delivering a busy summer season there including nine racedays and a concert by Tom Jones.

He also serves as a director of Racecourse Media Group, representing small independent racecourses.

He was based in the Borders when he ran Scottish Racing from 2004 to 2010, a support company and marketing vehicle owned by the five independent Scottish racecourses.