Jason Loosemore says he’s excited to be ‘part of something big’ after it was confirmed he is to become the new Clerk of the Course at Exeter Racecourse in the New Year, writes Mark Stevens from PPA Sports Content. 

Loosemore will take over the reins of things at Haldon from Daniel Cooper, who himself is off to pastures new at Ascot Racecourse. 

A familiar figure within Westcountry racing for over 20 years, Loosemore has conducted the same role at Newton Abbot and Taunton, but is now relishing the new challenge that awaits him. 

“I’m very excited,” he said. “Exeter is a place we have been visiting as a family and I have as an individual for decades. It’s a cracking track with high-grade racing, so it’s a real plus for me. 

“I’ve been at Newton Abbot for 21 years, it’s a fantastic track with great people, the same with Taunton.  

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but coming to Exeter is a great step up.

“Coming here, I’m very lucky to have another great team to work with. Martin O’Hagan heads up the grounds team here and he’s been here a number of years. He’s someone who I will be relying on a lot because what he doesn’t know about Exeter Racecourse isn’t worth knowing. For sure, I will be looking to glean as much knowledge from him as possible.”  

Equally, Loosemore will be looking to pick the brains of Cooper, who himself have overseen some of Exeter biggest races days in the past six years. 

“Dan’s done a fantastic job,” continued Loosemore. “I can’t believe he’s been here for six years, it’s just flown by. He has, however, made some massive changes and some massive improvements in that time.”  

The two are set to enjoy a month-long handover period, after which Loosemore will take charge for 2024 and beyond. 

“Racing in the Westcountry is in a really strong position, especially as we have some of the largest and best trainers based here in the region,” said Loosemore.  

“For me, having that good working relationship with the participants is essential to our success. Luckily, I know most of them very well and it’s important we have that constant dialogue to ensure we are able to offer the best service to them.”