Spence to join board after topping poll in council election
Alan Spence, whose colours have been carried to success at the highest level by Jukebox Jury and Profitable, is set to join the board of the Racehorse Owners Association.
Spence, who is also vice-president of Chelsea Football Club and has been an owner for 45 years, topped the poll in this year's ROA council elections with 618 votes.
"I intend to draw on my experience as an owner to support the board and the members of the ROA in ensuring that our views and requirements are fully represented, and that racehorse ownership continues to prosper," Spence said.
Also joining Spence on the council for the first time will be Sam Hoskins, a former board member of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and current manager of Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds and Hot To Trot Racing, whose Heartache won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Hoskins, who finished third in the poll with 517 votes, said: "I'm looking forward to representing all owners under both codes, from owner/breeders who have multiple horses in training to those involved in syndicate ownership.
"The latter is a sector that I know well from my day to day role as a syndicate manager and it is a growing area that has considerable potential for British racing."
Sally Bethell, who first joined the ROA board in 2013, was re-elected having received 598 votes.
She thanked those who had voted for her, adding: "I will continue to work hard for all owners, especially those based in the north of England, be they sole owners or syndicate members."
ROA president Nicholas Cooper congratulated the three successful candidates.
He added: "I warmly welcome Alan Spence and Sam Hoskins who are joining the board for the first time, while Sally Bethell will be continuing to make her valuable contribution after being re-elected.
"I would like to thank the other nine candidates who stood in this keenly contested election but were unsuccessful on this occasion. I hope they will consider putting themselves forward again next year."
Cooper also paid tribute to Professor David Silk, who stepped down from the ROA board after 12 years.
"David has brought a special blend of knowledge, enthusiasm and humour to board meetings and, as such, he will be greatly missed," Cooper said.