The chief executive of Perth Racecourse, Hazel Peplinski, will be jointly replaced in January by Morag Connaghan and Matthew Taylor, who will share management duties.

Peplinski took over as the track’s first CEO in 2016, but he intends to leave his position at the end of the year. Connaghan and Taylor will then assume the roles of head of business and head of racing and operations, respectively.

Connaghan has worked at the racetrack for 20 years, first as the company secretary and then as the finance manager. Taylor started in 2019 in the newly created position of racing manager.

The joint proposal with Scone Estates regarding the future ownership and management of the racecourse is not related to the succession plan; an update is soon anticipated.

Peplinski, who has spent the last 30 years managing Scottish tracks, will continue in his role as Perth’s CEO through the end of the year.

A soon-to-be-released update on the joint proposal from Perth and Scone Estates

She said: “I am delighted that the Perth Hunt Committee supports my recommended succession plan, which has always been to promote from within rather than to recruit externally. I have been evolving our small team with this day in mind for a while now, so it is a proud moment for sure.

“Morag and Matthew between them have the required skills and experience and richly deserve this promotion. To my mind they are best placed to take this special racecourse forward.”

On her promotion and new role, Connaghan said: “This is a very proud day for me, it will be a true privilege to jointly manage Perth racecourse. We have such excellent equine facilities for a small rural racecourse, our spectacular Perthshire location enabling us to build a loyal band of racegoers enjoying our wonderful sport and ensuring our stands are always full throughout the summer creating a brilliant atmosphere. I will work tirelessly with Matthew to make sure that continues.”

Taylor added: “I am thrilled to be given the honour and responsibility to jointly manage Perth racecourse from the new year. We have invested much more into the racing surface in recent years, with welfare of horse and jockey remaining high on our list of priorities. 

“We have focused on ensuring the fundamentals are spot on and earned that trust that shall stand us in good stead across the whole operation. It is my commitment to further build on that, alongside Morag, in 2023.”

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