RaceTech and Ascot Racecourse (ARL) are delighted to announce a renewed long-term partnership
covering an extensive range of services at the world-famous Berkshire course.
The new agreement which starts immediately, will see RaceTech continue to provide full outside
broadcast facilities, integrity coverage, in-house programming and other essential racecourse services
such as photo finish, race timing and the starting stalls operation. The newly signed extension, which
flows through to 2027, also encompasses RaceTech’s provision of additional OB resource to produce
separate upgraded Ascot broadcast productions for fixtures including the five-day Royal Ascot
meeting in June.
John Bozza, RaceTech CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured this recent extension
with Ascot Racecourse and everyone at RaceTech is proud of the excellent relationship we have
developed, having worked together for many years.
“We look forward to supporting this next contract cycle and building on our reputation as the technical
service provider of choice for UK racing with innovation very much at the forefront.”
Felicity Barnard, Commercial Director and Deputy CEO, Ascot Racecourse, said: “RaceTech have been,
are and will continue to be a key partner in bringing Ascot programming to millions around the world.
We are delighted to renew and extend our long-term partnership and look forward to collectively
bringing industry leading broadcasts to our global audience.”
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One of RaceTech’s longest serving and most popular Starting Stalls Handlers, Team Leader – Paul Crooks 62, has decided to hang up his boots after 38 years.
As an accomplished horseman, Paul is well known in racing circles and especially popular and respected by jockeys. His calmness and skill in loading horses at the start of races is key to the day-to-day operation. As Team Leader for many years, he has overseen the starts at thousands of race meetings mainly in the north of England, where he will load for the last time at Haydock on Saturday.
Paul commented, “It’s the right time to stop, I’m still young enough and fit to do other things. I’ve got some great memories and made some very good friends. 38 years with RaceTech is a long time but it has been an amazing career and of course I will miss the gang and doing the job. Having said that, I intend to go racing with my family and I am sure I’ll keep in touch with the RaceTech team, we’re a close bunch”.
Andy Peverell, Head of Stalls Operations at RaceTech expressed his gratitude to Paul saying, “I would like to thank Paul personally and on behalf of RaceTech for all his hard work and dedication, we wish him a long and happy retirement. His career has spanned over a very impressive 38 years, where he has managed the stalls teams in the North of England and Scotland for the past 20 years”.
John Bozza RaceTech CEO added, “Paul is a very popular highly respected member of the team, an asset to the company, a true professional and organised Team Leader always happy to share his skill and experience with trainees and others. Everyone at RaceTech wishes him well for the future, and we’ll be keeping in touch”.