17 Dec 2001 Pre-2014 Releases

Election of New Jockey Club Members

Published: 17 December 2001


The following was elected an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club:

Major Christo Philipson

Christo Philipson, 72, retired in March as Executive Chairman of the BBA, a post he held for nine years. After 14 years in the Army, he joined the London Bloodstock Agency before joining the BBA, where he stayed for 37 years, rising from Director to become Managing Director and finally Executive Chairman. A key figure in the Bloodstock industry, he served three terms on the Thoroughbred Breeders Council, and also founded the Federation of Bloodstock Agents, becoming its first Chairman.

Major Philipson and his wife own a small stud, breeding from six broodmares, and have horses in training with Sir Mark Prescott.


The following were elected as Ordinary Members of The Jockey Club:

Mr Tim Bell

Tim Bell, 60, has been a racecourse steward for nearly 20 years, seving on and chairing panels at Aintree, Chester, Haydock and Bangor-on-Dee. He is currently a member of the Working Party overseeing the implementation of the new stewarding system, incorporating the use of stipendiary stewards.

He is employed as land agent and company director and previously served for ten years in the Army.

Mr Anthony Oppenheimer

Anthony Oppenheimer, 64, is one of the most successful owner-breeders of recent times. He owns the Hascombe and Valiant Stud at Newmarket, which has 24 mares. His successes as an owner / breeder include REBECCA SHARP and BALISADA, both of which won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Other recent successes for his breeding operation include COMPTON ADMIRAL (Eclipse Stakes), ROSE GYPSY (French Guineas) and SUMMONER (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes).

Mr Oppenheimer has in the past served on the Thoroughbred Breeders Association council, and was Chairman from 1986-1989. He currently has 15 horses in training spread between Geoff Wragg, John Gosden, Roger Charlton and Richard Gibson in France. He is a racecourse steward at both Ascot and Newbury.

He is Executive Director of De Beers Group, a company he has been with for forty years. De Beers sponsor the Diamond Day at Ascot in July.

Mr Jeremy Philips

Jeremy Philips, 55, was first appointed a racecourse steward in 1982, and acts as Chairman of the Stewarding Panel at Newton Abbot and Taunton, as well as being on the panel at Chepstow. He rode extensively as an amateur under NH rules and in Point-to-Points between 1964-77.

He is currently the Managing Director of West Country Feeds, based in Taunton.

Mrs Julia Scott

Julia Scott, 45, acts as a racecourse steward at Huntingdon, Newmarket and Suffolk. She has extensive experience of working in racing, including spells in the offices of Racecourse Holdings Trust as well as time spent working for a bloodstock agency and as secretary to both Alec Stewart and William Huntingdon. She administers the Alex Scott Memorial Fund Assistant Trainer’s Scholarship, set up in memory of her late husband, the trainer Alex Scott. This Fund gives an assistant trainer the opportunity to go abroad to learn of the full scope of different training methods being used across the world.

Julia Scott owns and manages the Glebe House Stud and is a Committee member of the Newmarket Stud Farmers’ Association. She has horses in training with Charlie Egerton, and has ridden successfully in point-to-points.

The Hon Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley, 37, is the Owner and Manager of New England Stud, based in Newmarket. Deeply involved in the breeding industry, he is a Director of the National Stud, Manager of Woodlands Stud, and until recently, was the Vice Chairman of the Newmarket Stud Farmers Association. Furthermore he serves as a Council Member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Animal Health Trust.

Peter Stanley was one of the leading consignors at this year’s Tattersalls October Sales.

Mr John Wallinger

John Wallinger, 61, is a racecourse steward at Kempton, Goodwood and Epsom, and has in the past served on the panels at Sandown, Fontwell and Ascot. He is currently a member of the Working Party overseeing the implementation of the new stewarding system, incorporating the use of stipendiary stewards.

His greatest success as an owner was with RELIEF PITCHER, trained by Peter Walwyn, which was placed in the Eclipse, beaten a short head in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, and won races in France, England and the USA.

He was formerly Vice Chairman of SG Warburg International, before becoming Executive Director of SBC Warburg Dillon Read. He now serves as a Non-Executive Chairman of 4 companies.

17th December 2001