Ribble Valley businessman Jason Fildes, who founded Lancashire’s Barden Mill, has taken over as the new General Manager at Haydock Park Racecourse.
A keen racing enthusiast, Fildes, who lives in Pendleton, near Clitheroe, said: “I am passionate about the success of Haydock Park, its status in the local community and in British horse racing.
“My involvement with the course goes right back to my student days as a young racegoer.”
Fildes, who has been a racecourse committee director at Haydock since 2013, added: “I have very fond memories of seeing Forgive ‘N Forget winning the Tommy Whittle Chase almost 30 years ago, and that was a special day.
“I’m thrilled to be involved at Haydock.”
Lord Daresbury, Chairman of Haydock Park Racecourse, said: “Jason has a thorough knowledge and passion for racing and is very well connected in the business community.
“I think he will make a fantastic contribution to the future of Haydock Park.”
Fildes succeeds Garry Fortune in the General Manager role, who has been appointed as Head of Jockey Club Venues.
Haydock Park hosts 32 race days annually on the Flat and over Jumps.
Highlights include the Betfair Chase Festival, Betfred Sprint Cup Festival, Swinton Hurdle Day and the Temple Stakes.