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Rigby Taylor Products Help Great Yarmouth Racecourse Stay On Track For Success

Rigby Taylor’s amenity products have played a key role in Great Yarmouth Racecourse being named the best flat course in the Racecourse Association’s prestigious grounds staff awards 2018.
Combined with high-class groundscare routines led by head groundsman Richard Bradley, the use of a host of products as well as continual advice and support by Rigby Taylor this year saw the Great Yarmouth team succeed with a “well-covered and great-coloured” course during a racing season that experienced the hottest summer on record.
According to Clerk of the Course, Richard Aldous, the award reflects “both the success of the grounds team’s expertise as well as the efficacy of the products” that have been used at the site for the past five years or so.
“We use a range of Rigby Taylor products to ensure the track consistently looks and performs superbly,” he says, “and we’ve been especially pleased with the combination of using the Fineturf 6-0-18 and PolyPro 25-3-15 slow-release fertilisers and Microlite Activ-8 (both 12-0-12 and 6-0-24).
“Together these have enabled us to produce a track that particularly this year has received laudatory comments from jockeys, trainers and owners.”
He continues: “We re-laid the turf on the straight in 2015 to ensure we could attract top-class horses to Great Yarmouth and to provide opportunities, particularly for horses which might go on to big festival meetings such as Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. This has certainly been the case this season and I’m in no doubt that the amenity products we use have played a significant part in that success.”
Staging 23 meeting each season on the course, from April through to October, the Great Yarmouth team utilises a year-round programme of Rigby Taylor soil testing regimes and products, including the Propel-R wetting agent, liquid seaweed, Greenor systemic herbicide, and Delta Sport granular and Microsol soluble fertilisers, as well as overseeding with the R14 100% perennial rye seed. This, says Richard, “not only germinates quickly and presents a sward that holds together excellently, but it also is very wear- and disease-tolerant”.
With expert groundscare routines coupled with regular visits from Rigby Taylor’s Technical Sales Representative Mark Keysell who, adds Richard, “is always on hand and offers an awful lot of support”, the Great Yarmouth team is happy that everything is being done to ensure they stay on track for successful racing at the 300-year-old racecourse.


Hamilton Park Racecourse appoints new General Manager

With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Iain Monaghan brings a wealth of experience to his role at Hamilton Park, as he looks to drive continued growth of the venue as a destination.
Having risen through the ranks in hotels and restaurants, working in Glasgow and Birmingham, Monaghan has proven himself an impressive manager with a great track record. His previous position as Operations Manager at the luxurious Lochside House Hotel, Lodges & Spa, the flagship of the RAD Hotel Group, saw Monaghan bring stability to the team and modernising the bar offerings across the site, implementing an exciting new cocktail menu and introducing premium spirits to the offering.
Prior to Lochside House Hotel, he worked as a Senior Manager on Queensferry Crossing Opening Ceremony, which was attended by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and he also worked with Sodexo for the last three events at The Open.
Looking to the future, Monaghan has already expressed his vision for Hamilton Park, he intends to drive the business forward by reviewing the current offers and tailoring new menus and improving the overall visitor experience.
Iain Monaghan, General Manager at Hamilton Park Racecourse said: “Hamilton Park has gone from strength to strength following the recent refurb and there continues to be an exciting journey ahead.
“The team is very experienced and driven. I’m sure together we will make even more headway.”
Derek Coulter, Account Manager, Sports, Leisure and Travel at Sodexo commented: “We are delighted to welcome Iain to the Sodexo team at Hamilton Park Racecourse. His wealth of experience and knowledge is going to be essential in working towards the goals we have planned for the racecourse over the next few years.”


Germinal appoints new Technical Sales Representative for Scotland and the North East

Germinal has recruited Alan Thomson as its new Amenity Technical Sales Representative for Scotland and the North East of England.
Based from his home in Glasgow, Alan will provide technical sales support to Germinal’s customers throughout his region, and will be responsible for promoting the company’s popular range of Grade-A sports and amenity grass seed mixtures to golf course greenkeepers, turf growers, sports groundsmen and landscapers.
Currently training with the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) to gain his FACTS (Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme) qualification, Alan will also be responsible for promoting Germinal’s specialist amenity fertiliser range which includes conventional compound products as well as liquid and phased-release fertilisers and specialist sward conditioners. Alan will also promote Germinal’s range of regional and general landscaping wildflower seed mixtures.
Alan joins Germinal from Glasgow-based John Deere dealership, Nairn Brown, where he was the company’s area sales manager for the central Scotland region. Prior to this he has worked as the Scottish sales manager for Tacit Golf and also has previous greenkeeping experience from his time at Bothwell Castle Golf Club.

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