Thursday, 11 August 2011




ALAN MORCOMBE - Chief Executive

ALAN MORCOMBE joined the Horsemen’s Group as Chief Executive in April 2010 and prior to this was the Executive Chairman of Amalgamated Racing (TurfTV) a joint venture between Alphameric PLC and 30 of the UK’s leading racecourses.

Established in 2006, TurfTV provides a dedicated, closed-user group betting television channel to bookmaking shops in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Alphameric was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was noted for its development of technology used by many of the UK largest bookmakers to take and settle bets on horse races.
Prior to Alphameric, Alan worked for British Aerospace Communications and UNISYS.

RACHEL HOOD - Director
After graduating in Economics and Law from Cambridge University, I qualified and practiced as a Barrister in London. Subsequently, I lived in California for over 10 years (with my husband, trainer John Gosden) where I practiced as an International lawyer having also qualified as American lawyer. I have been a racehorse owner for over 20 years (and a breeder for 5 years), recently becoming a Classic winning owner when my horse Arctic Cosmos won the 2010 St. Leger. I am the President elect of the ROA (23/6/11), a Director of REL and the Horsemen’s Group, a Trustee of the National Horseracing Museum, Founder and Chair of the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, a Newmarket Town and Forest Heath District Councillor and a partner in John Gosden Racing LLP.

After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, Rupert switched careers to horseracing, joining trainer Jeremy Hindley as an assistant in 1984. Then, after a spell with John Winter, Rupert became assistant to Paul Cole and was fortunate to experience the trainer's Championship season in 1991 together with a series of top class horses including champion Generous.

Rupert began his own training business in 1993 in Upper Lambourn but relinquished his licence when the opportunity arose in 2000 to become Chief Executive of the National Trainers Federation, the representative body for licensed racehorse trainers in Britain. He has been a member of the Horsemen's Group board from its inception.

Kevin Darley born 05/08/1960 son of a Wolverhampton butcher Clifford Darley: Mother Dorothy Darley. Married to Debby Darley 1982 two daughters Lianne (27) and Gemma (22)
Kevin was apprentice to Reg Hollinshead 1975 - 1978. Champion Apprentice in 1978 with 70 winners. Champion Jockey in 2000 with 154 winners. Total winners throughout his career totalled 2,431 in the UK. 21 Group 1 winners which included two English Classic winners; St Ledger Bollin Eric and 1,000 Attraction. Retired from Race riding in 2007 at Doncaster on
7th November. After being Vice President of the Professional Jockeys Association for a number of years he took up employment with the PJA as their Industry Liaison Director in April 2008. Kevin was subsequently appointed as the PJA CEO in June 2009

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