21 Dec 2000 Pre-2014 Releases

New Half Time Inspector of Courses Appointed

Published: 21 December 2000

The Jockey Club has appointed a new ‘Half-Time’ Inspector of Courses to work alongside the three full-time Inspectors. With effect from 5th January 2001 Nick Carlisle will take on the new role, sharing the responsibility for 60 racecourses and 120 Point to Point courses with Richard Linley, Ron Barry and Peter Hobbs.

Tony Goodhew, the Jockey Club Director of Racecourse Services, explained: “The new post has been created so as to allow Richard Linley, the Senior Inspector of Courses, more time to deal with the increasing number of special projects such as improved hurdle and fence design, development of second generation all weather surfaces, and new racecourses. We are delighted to have Nick Carlisle join the team, to which he brings over twenty years of experience as a Flat jockey.”

Nick Carlisle said of his appointment: “I am looking forward to this new challenge, and am also hoping to ride once more at Wolverhampton, where I started my racing career, before I hang up my riding boots and start my new role.”

“I’d like to thank all the owners and trainers who have supported me throughout my career. I’d also like to mention the JETS scheme, which I found really useful and I would like to thank them for their help with preparing me for a career out of the saddle.”

Nick began his racing career in 1978, apprenticed to Reg Hollinshead. Between 1989-1996 he was retained as Second Jockey to Harry Thomson Jones. His feature race winners include the Ayr Gold Cup on So Careful, the Cesarewitch on Go South and the Chester Cup on Rodeo Star. He is a former Council member of the Jockeys Association of Great Britain and a regular speaker for Intermediate apprentice courses at The British Racing School.

As a ‘half-time’ Inspector of Courses his responsibilities will include checking courses for compliance with Jockey Club standards relating to the racing surface, running rails, fences, hurdles, stables etc. as well as making visits to Racecourse or Point to Point courses in response to an emergency problem or a specific request for advice.

Notes for Editors:

The Jockeys Employment and Training Scheme aims to help Jockeys achieve a more secure future after race riding. They provide career development advice and retraining grants.