OUR BRAND AMBASSADORS
Rebecca Menzies - UK Trainer
Northern trainer Rebecca is an official Brand Ambassador of 4Racing v COVID 19.
With no racing background or connections to fall back on, Rebecca has negotiated her way up the notoriously tricky horse racing career ladder at an impressive rate.
From stable lass, to racing secretary, to travelling head lass, to assistant trainer for Grade 1 and Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Ferdy Murphy; it has been through drive and sheer determination that she now presides over her own impressive training establishment.
From her first training yard at Brandsby, formerly the home of Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Peter Beaumont, Rebecca enjoyed three fruitful years as a fledgling in the ranks and quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with among a new generation of trainers.
When offered the chance to move to Howe Hill Stables in County Durham it was simply too good an opportunity to turn down. Formerly the home of hugely popular and successful dual purpose northern handler John Wade and boasting 70 boxes, the move to the state-of-the-art facility has enabled Rebecca and her ambitious team to push the operation on to the next level.
Katy Brown - Irish Trainer
Tel: +353 871853175 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katy is a young, ambitious Irish trainer and we are delighted to have her as an official Brand Ambassador of 4Racing v COVID 19.
Katy is originally from Yorkshire and come from a racing background, her father Joey was a flat jockey and served his apprenticeship with Ian Balding. Her mum was racing secretary to Sue and Harvey Smith and always kept horses. She competed in both showing and showjumping when younger, but was bitten by the racing bug and started her career with 'Sprint King' Dandy Nichols.
In 2008, Katy decided to move to Ireland and worked for Paddy Twomey riding out and preparing horses for the breeze-up sales. She was also head girl/travelling head girl to Sabrina Harty for a number of years and held an amateur jockeys licence.
In January 2017, she decided to take the plunge and set up training for herself and was rewarded with her first winner not long after, which was conveniently at her home track of Wetherby.
Katy trains on the Curragh where the training facilities are second to none.
Last year, was her best so far, with 5 winners and numerous placings under both codes from a very small number of runners.
This year with a string of 20, good quality horses and a good support network of owners and staff, she is really looking forward to the up and coming season and believe she has some exciting prospects on her hands.
Derek 'Tommo' Thompson
Well known TV Racing Commentator Derek 'Tommo' Thompson is also an official Brand Ambassador of 4Racing v COVID 19.
Derek Thompson is a presenter and commentator of horse racing on Radio Five Live and At the Races in Britain.
He attended Guisborough Grammar School and gave his first commentary - on a point-to-point meeting - at the age of 15.
His broadcasting career began at the age of 18 on local radio. In 1972 he was based in London working for BBC Radio Sport, for whom he covered a number of Grand Nationals alongside Peter Bromley, Michael Seth-Smith and Michael O'Hehir.
In 1981, he moved to ITV, where he appeared on World of Sport and midweek racing coverage. In 1985, he joined the newly formed Channel 4 Racing team as a presenter. He was also part of a team of three who helped to negotiate for the release of the kidnapped Epsom Derby winner Shergar. Tommo also commentates for At The Races and was a regular on talkSPORT radio.
We are delighted to have Tommo backing our campaign.