Jon Pullin has been introduced because the Jockey Membership’s new south west head of racing and clerk of the course at Cheltenham.
Pullin, a conditional jockey between 1987 and 1993 and a former clerk of the course at a number of racecourses together with Doncaster, Uttoxeter and Southwell, replaces the outgoing Simon Claisse on the dwelling of Nationwide Hunt racing.
Pullin beforehand held the positions of group racing supervisor at Enviornment Leisure, managing director of Royal Windsor Racecourse and assistant racing director at Enviornment Racing Firm (ARC) earlier than being promoted into his present position as ARC’s racing director in 2017.
Pullin mentioned: “The Cheltenham Competition is absolutely the pinnacle of our sport, so I am thrilled to be given this uncommon and thrilling alternative.
“There is no such thing as a doubt that the position is likely one of the most pressurised and difficult in British horseracing, however I additionally know that it may be some of the rewarding.
“I’ve totally loved my time with Enviornment Racing Firm and may’t thank my colleagues there sufficient for all their help over time. Nevertheless, I am excited to be beginning a brand new chapter and looking out ahead to assembly and dealing with the Jockey Membership crew.”
Claisse will stay in command of clerking duties when Cheltenham’s new season opens at The Showcase on October 22 and 23 earlier than handing over to Pullin at a date in the course of the jumps season to be agreed and forward of the 2022 Cheltenham Competition.
Ian Renton, managing director, west area for the Jockey Membership, mentioned: “Jon is skilled, passionate, extremely educated and effectively revered inside the business and we’re delighted to be welcoming him into the Jockey Membership household.
“Not solely will he be chargeable for the racing at some of the high-profile sporting occasions within the British calendar and all our different fixtures at Cheltenham, he can even oversee the racing efficiency at our different south west racecourses – Warwick, Wincanton and Exeter – working intently with the clerks there.
“Will probably be no simple process to fill boots as giant and well-worn as these of Simon Claisse, who we as soon as once more thank for his very a few years of dedication, experience and repair and need effectively for the long run.
“Nevertheless, Jon’s expertise will show invaluable to us as a crew and I am wanting ahead to him becoming a member of us later within the season.”