New Downpatrick Racecourse Manager Agreed

Ruth Morrison to succeed Richard Lyttle as General Manager at Downpatrick Racecourse

Ruth Morrison to succeed Richard Lyttle as General Manager at Downpatrick Racecourse

Ruth Morrison, Assistant General Manager at Downpatrick Racecourse, is to succeed Richard Lyttle as General Manager following his retirement after 13 years in the role.

Ruth, who has been working at Downpatrick since 2016, will take up the General Manager role in the new year.

During his tenure, Richard Lyttle has overseen major upgrades of facilities at Downpatrick for owners, racegoers and stable staff.

This has included implementing very successful sales and marketing initiatives to attract and increase new racegoers to the racecourse.

Under Richard’s management, the track won the Racecourse Award at the 2022 Irish Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards sponsored by Godolphin.

Richard will continue to work for Downpatrick in a consultancy role to oversee several key projects.

Ger Flynn, right, presents Richard Lyttle and Ruth Morrsion of Downpatrick with the Racecourse award at the Irish Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge in October 2022. (Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post).

Peter Stewart, Downpatrick Chairman, commented: “Downpatrick Racecourse has been most fortunate to have had Richard at the helm for the last 13 years.

“During that time, he has improved facilities dramatically and he has also improved the race day experience significantly.

“Furthermore, Richard appreciated what stable staff, jockeys, owners, sponsors, and officials bring to racing, and went to great lengths to make their day enjoyable.

“He always carried out his duties with enthusiasm, integrity, and good grace. We are delighted that Ruth Morrison is stepping up as General Manager.

“I am very confident that she will carry on in the new role with similar drive, professionalism, and expertise.”

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Richard Lyttle, said: “It has been a great pleasure to have worked at Downpatrick Racecourse. Our Chairman and Directors have been incredibly supportive of our many aspirations.

“They understood what we were trying to achieve, and empowered us to move forward with our ideas.

“I am delighted that Ruth Morrison will take over as Manager in January and I am very confident that she will continue our quest to constantly improve.

“Ruth is very much a people’s person and will add her own stamp to bring the racecourse to the next level.

“I am looking forward to my consultancy role over the next few years to support Ruth on the next stage of Downpatrick’s journey.”

Incoming General Manager, Ruth Morrison, said: “I am honoured and really excited to take on the General Manager role at Downpatrick Racecourse in the new year.

“Richard has been a fantastic mentor and has done a wonderful job here over the last 13 years.

“I am looking forward to building on that. Richard and I have always worked very well together, and I am fortunate that I will still have his input in his new consultancy role.”