01 Jul 1998 Pre-2014 Releases

New Senior Steward of the Jockey Club

Published: 1 July 1998

As from today, Christopher Spence succeeds Sir Thomas Pilkington as Senior Steward of the Jockey Club.

Christopher Spence was elected to the Jockey Club in 1986 and his previous racing appointments include that of Finance Steward of the Jockey Club (1991-94) and Chairman of Racecourse Holdings Trust (1995 –98). He served as one of the initial Directors of the British Horseracing Board and was Chairman of its Finance Committee (1993-4).

He was a member of The Stock Exchange from 1959-77, and is now Chairman and Chief Executive of English Trust PLC, an investment banking company formed in 1977.

He breeds his own horses, the best known being Sesame and Celeric, the latter won the 1997 Ascot Gold Cup and is currently in training with John Dunlop.

Christopher Spence said today: “I feel very honoured to have been given this opportunity to serve racing as Senior Steward of the Jockey Club and I am looking forward to working with all of racing’s interested parties to ensure that the progress racing has made is continued during my term in office.”