Fresh from a successful year in 2015 when more than 300,000 people visited its five racecourses, Scottish Racing has announced the appointment of a new manager.
Former regional director Delly Innes arrives from Borders-based Tweed Media to manage the body that promotes horseracing in Scotland. She takes up her post on March 14.
Scottish Racing was formed 16 years ago to foster and develop horseracing through the five racecourses at Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth.
By marketing the tracks, lobbying on political issues, assisting with media coverage, group sponsorship and providing big screen hire, Scottish Racing plays an integral part in delivering long-term prosperity and sustainability to the sport in Scotland.
Sir Ian Good, chairman of Scottish Racing, said: “The five racecourses in Scotland enjoyed an excellent year in 2015, with total spectator attendance at its highest level for seven years and record prize-money paid out. We are delighted to have appointed Delly Innes as our new manager and we look forward to her playing her part working with the racecourses in taking the sport on to new successes.”
Delly Innes, who lives in Roxburghshire, said: “These are exciting times for horseracing in Scotland. The racecourses, through their successful promotional activities, are attracting ever increasing crowds and offering tremendous family-friendly and affordable days out. I am relishing the opportunity to work with the five racecourses and assist them to make the sport even more attractive to the public.”
Delly began her career with the Countryside Alliance, rising to become Wessex regional director. After a career break to start a family, she has been working with Tweed Media as an account manager since 2014.