Davis appointed Horseracing Executive

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Davis appointed Horseracing Executive

<p>JSE-listed Phumelela, Africa&rsquo;s premier horseracing and tote betting company, is delighted to announce that Patrick Davis has been appointed Horseracing Executive with effect from 1 June.</p>

<p>Davis, currently chief executive of Plumpton Racecourse in the UK, replaces Graeme Hawkins, who has joined Gold Circle, and brings a wealth of horseracing knowledge and administration to the position. <br />
Davis, 38, was raised in the Eastern Cape, where his father was a racehorse breeder, and as he puts it &ldquo;was studying form and riding horses before I could walk and talk&rdquo;. <br />
&ldquo;I studied law at university but really wanted to be employed in horseracing so in the holidays I worked with bloodstock consultant Robin Bruss, helping out in his office and learning about bloodstock. From there I got the job as Assistant Manager at Newmarket Racecourse and was there for five years until 1997, when the corporatisation process started in Gauteng racing,&rdquo; said Davis. <br />
&ldquo;I was the first General Manager of the Racing Association, a position I held for two years. I was then offered the job of running Plumpton Racecourse in the UK, which gave me the chance of broadening my horseracing experience in the home345 of modern horseracing. So I resigned from the RA and headed for England. It was tough at first, but I have learned a lot here that will stand me in good stead in my new position at Phumelela,&rdquo; he added. <br />
Plumpton was in the wilderness when Davis took over, but it has flourished in its eight years under his leadership with steady increases in attendances and better quality racing. Plumpton director Adrian Pratt said in a recent interview in the UK: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to miss Patrick and his family so much. When he arrived here, he was faced with a multitude of problems to sort out at the same time as keeping the show on the road meeting to meeting. I can honestly say that his successor will only have to look forward with no adverse baggage to cope with.&rdquo; <br />
Davis said that he would miss Plumpton, but that the opportunity to head up racing at Phumelela was too good to turn down. &ldquo;I am genuinely sad to be leaving Sussex, but Plumpton will go onwards and upwards without me and I am relishing the challenges ahead of me at Phumelela.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br />
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