Keith Ottesen appointed Clerk of the Course at Newbury Racecourse
Keith Ottesen [pictured above] has been appointed as Clerk of the Courseat Newbury Racecourse, succeeding Richard Osgood, who leaves at the end of the year.
Ottesen will join the Newbury team in August and will shadow Richard Osgood through the remaining fixtures in 2018 before taking over fully on January 1, 2019.
Ottesen is currently clerk at both Chepstow and Ffos Las racecourses which areoperated by Arena Racing Company (ARC) - both courses have recorded increasesto average field sizes for both Flat and Jump codes. He was also instrumental in the introduction of Chepstow's two-day fixture in October, which has attracted many future stars and is seen as the opening of the traditional Jump season.
Keith Ottesen says it is a really exciting time to be joining Newbury Racecourse: "As the redevelopment takes shape, I am looking forward to focusing on further developing its race programme to attract the best horses available."
"Newbury is leading the way for the owners, trainers and racing staff experience and I look forward to making a positive contribution to achieving the highest industry standards."
Julian Thick, CEO of Newbury Racecourse, is delighted with Ottesen's appointment: "He brings with him a wealth of experience and we look forward to working with him to develop the race programme here as he has done so proficiently in his role as clerk at both Chepstow and Ffos Las."
"With the second phase of our 'heartspace' redevelopment now underway and thesubstantial capital investment which has been made to the new facilities for horsemen in the past three years and a record £5 million in prize money on offer here for the first time this year, this is an exciting time for Newbury."
Richard Osgood has been the Newbury's much respected Clerk of the Course for 18 years - and his association goes back to 1979 when he worked there for his father.
Newbury Racecourse held its first race in 1905 and has long been one of Britain'sleading tracks, staging approximately 30 days of top class Jump and Flat racing annually. This year total prize money will for the first time hit £5 million with every fixturenow offering at least £50,000.
Newbury's Jump racing programme includes the two-day Ladbrokes Winter Carnival. This year it is on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The Saturday card features the £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy - a handicap chase over an extended three and a quarter miles.