An award-winning racecourse needs a team of the highest calibre, and that’s exactly what Hamilton Park Racecourse set out to achieve with the recent appointment of two new managers at the premier Lanarkshire venue.

Steve Fyles, 32, and John Currie, 43 will join the already accomplished team at the racecourse bringing a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and a commitment to deliver the ultimate visitor experience.

Steve – former Deputy Estates Manager at Epsom Downs Racecourse – has joined the team as Track Manager alongside new Operations Manager John – who joins from Celtic Park Football Club – just as the new season gets into full swing.

Steve will support recently appointed Racing Manager, Sulekha Varma while John will report to Head of Marketing and Operations, Ashley Moon to deliver an action-packed calendar to thousands of racegoers this season.

Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said:  “We are passionate about upholding Hamilton Park Racecourse’s reputation as one of the top racing and entertainment venues in the country. To do that, we need the best team possible. Steve and John come with a wealth of experience and are the perfect fit for not only our racecourse but for the team we already have here.  We are always looking at new ways to break ground on and off the track and are confident both Steve and John are the best possible candidates to help us do just that. We welcome them to the team as we embark on the next stage of our very exciting journey.”

Hailing from the racing town of Haydock in North West England, Steve brings an impressive track record to Hamilton.

He previously worked for six years at Epsom Downs Racecourse – where he was deputy estates manager. Reporting to the estates manager he was responsible for general upkeep of the grounds and track as the prestigious venue prepared to host the world renowned Derby.

He is also a veteran of seven years at Aintree, and of course Haydock Park.

He said: “I have been in racing since I left school and worked in some top racing venues. Epsom hosts The Derby and there can be a lot of pressure to deliver when the eyes of the country are on you, but that has stood me in good stead for where I am today. I have to say when I came to Hamilton Park to interview I absolutely fell in love with the place. It really is picture perfect and I am delighted to play a role in its future development.”

Steve’s role at Hamilton Park will include the preparation and maintenance of the racing surface, gardens and grounds across the season’s fixture dates.

He added: “The team here have set a really high standard and the grounds are in pristine condition. It will be my job to ensure that standard is maintained and built on for the future.  I already feel settled and part of the team and can’t wait to get stuck into this season.”

After fighting off stiff competition for the post of operations manager at Hamilton Park, John joins the racecourse from Celtic Football Club.

In his new role at the racecourse, the former police officer will take the lead on project management and maintaining the site as well as controlling the planning, co-ordination and implementation of race-day operations.

He said: “I’m really enthusiastic about the role I’ll undertake here at Hamilton Park. I have owned racehorses in the past so it’s not just a functional role for me as it’s a sport I’m passionate about.  I fully understand the expectations all of our customers will have when they come to Hamilton Park and I want to deliver the best possible experience for them whether they leave as winners or not.”

The announcement comes as the course gears up for the Cadzow Castle Raceday on Wednesday 25 May featuring the Cadzow Castle Fillies Handicap Stakes. Tickets are available from only £13 per adult with under 18s getting free admission (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Remember it’s always cheaper to book tickets in advance so book now and save.