John Gosden OBE has been appointed by The Jockey Club to the board of The National Stud as a non-executive director from January 1st 2018.
The Newmarket-based Flat racing trainer, who has more than 3,000 worldwide career winners to his name and won The Investec Oaks and The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Enable in 2017, becomes the ninth member of the board at The National Stud, the breeding and education arm of The Jockey Club.
Gosden’s appointment to the board comes as The Duke of Roxburghe succeeds Ben Sangster as Chairman of The National Stud, also effective from January 1st 2018.
Incoming Chairman of The National Stud, The Duke of Roxburghe, said: “We are delighted to welcome a horseman of John’s calibre to the board and I know his expertise will prove invaluable to the team. He is hugely respected in racing and bloodstock circles and to be able to draw upon his knowledge, experience and considerable talent is a coup for The National Stud. We are all very much looking forward to working with him.”
John Gosden, who has twice been British Flat Racing Champion Trainer, in 2012 and 2015, and has won more than 100 Group 1 races, added: “The National Stud is an important constituent of and contributor to British Racing and Breeding. I am, therefore, greatly looking forward to joining this vibrant and committed board.”
In addition to the appointment of Gosden, The National Stud has also announced that Stud Manager Tim Lane has been promoted to the role of Stud Director.
Lane joined The National Stud in the summer of 2017 and has been instrumental in the acquisition of a number of new stallions for The National Stud’s 2018 roster.
Non-executive director Philip Mitchell, who has been fulfilling the role of Stud General Manager, will continue to work in a consultancy capacity for the duration of the forthcoming breeding season. He will then return to his role as a non-executive director in July 2018.
The National Stud provides a range of important services to support the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries.
Five stallions will stand at The National Stud in 2018. They are Aclaim, Gregorian, Marcel, Spill The Beans and Time Test, the multiple Group race winner purchased in October from Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms.