An evening of racing fun down the road for the home of racing, Newmarket. With arrival drinks and 3 course dinner before an exquisite evening of racing fun, information and stories never been heard before. Our panel of racing professionals will bring fun and laughter with tips and suggestions for those who like a flutter hosted by our celebrity racing guru. Our host, Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson will join the panellist’s including trainer Richard Spencer, Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Newmarket Races, Michael Prosser Head Trader of Horse Racing, Head of Racing PR at bet365, Pat Cooney and Chairman of Blandford Bloodstock, Tom Goff. For enthusiastic horseracing fans the panel offers a chance to take a step behind the scenes and hear from the experts what it means to be a part of this ‘Sport of Kings’.
Michael Prosser was born into the world of racing; his grandparents owned Grand National winner ESB and star stayer Trelawney, and his mother led in a Royal Ascot winner as a girl. As a school boy, he represented England in the show-ring and later he worked for Paul Nicholls for several years. Before joining Newmarket in 2001, Michael had been a stable lad, an assistant trainer, and an estate manager.
Veteran bookmaker, Pat Cooney has been in the Bookmaking industry for almost 30 years, starting at Ladbrokes in the 1980’s as a trainee Odds Compiler in the Horse Racing department before joining their Trading Team until leaving in 2002 to join bet365 to be Head Trader of Horse Racing. He has also become the Head of Racing PR and regularly represents the company on Attheraces and Racing UK in addition to many other media outlets.
Josephine Gordon is a British jockey who competes in Flat racing. In 2016 Gordon won the British flat racing Champion Apprentice title, becoming only the third female jockey to win that title after Hayley Turner and Amy Ryan.
Gordon began her association with horses at her mother’s livery stable but her early jockey career saw a period of 18 months between her first and second winners. She worked with retired jockey John Reid as a coach and became apprentice jockey at the stable of trainer Stan Moore. Her second winner came in June 2015 and she progressed to ride more than 70 winners in 2016, including 50 in the apprentice championship. She has also ridden for major trainers Sir Michael Stoute and Hugo Palmer. Shortly after clinching her title she was given a first ride by the Godolphin Racing organisation. In December 2016 Gordon was honoured twice at the annual Lester Awards, receiving the awards for Apprentice of the Year and Lady Jockey of the Year.
In 2017, she won her first big handicap race, the Victoria Cup at Ascot for William Haggas. Gordon rode her first group race winner when Koropick won the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle in July 2017. She followed it up with a second Group 3 win for Hugo Palmer in the Princess Royal Stakes on Apphia on 29 September. She beat her 2016 total of winners and finished 24th in the jockeys’ championship. In November she rode her 100th winner of the year, becoming the second female jockey to reach this milestone after Hayley Turner in 2008.
Ambitious trainer Richard Spencer is a rising star at Rebel Racing (Albert House), which he joined in 2015 following stints with Peter Bowens in west Wales, and legendary trainers Charlie Hills in Lambourn and Michael Bell in Newmarket. Less than two years since being licenced and beginning to train, the winners have come thick and fast for Richard with the winning tally at the end of the 2017 calendar year doubling from the previous year. His biggest achievement was Rajasinghe winning the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and when doing so breaking the track record, giving owners Rebel Racing and Phil Cunningham their first taste of victory at the Royal meeting.
Richard is also an accomplished race rider, having ridden 25 winners over Point-to-Point. He also rode under rules as an amateur, with notable wins in the Hunter Chase at Ascot in 2014 and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown in 2012. Richard was placed 3rd in the Amateur Riders Handicap at Doncaster, riding for Her Majesty The Queen.
Tom has been chairman of Blandford Bloodstock since 2004 and is an internationally renowned judge of thoroughbreds. His track record of top class yearling purchases include the likes of Dutch Art, Elusive Kate and Jack Hobbs. Horses in Training buys are headed by top miler Excelebration. South African stars are headed by Dancer’s Daughter. A former assistant to champion trainer Dick Hern, Tom is the European Representative for Fasig-Tipton Sales and is also a director of The National Stud in Newmarket, part of The Jockey Club Group.
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