Lewis Piper - Student Ambassador

20th January 2015

Meet Lewis Piper

Meet Lewis Piper Exeter Racecourse’s official student ambassador 2014-2015. Lewis was awarded the role after successfully applying and throughout the season will undertake various work placements within the racing industry, organised by the racecourse.

We’ve created the position to give students with a passion for horse racing a leg up in the industry. In September, Lewis will be presented with an official certificate open completion of his work placements.

We are very grateful to all our work providers: Racing UK, Tom Malone Bloodstock, Racenews, Richard Linley (BHA Senior Course Inspector), David Pipe Racing, Nick Scholfield, PPAUK and BHEST.

Applications for Student Ambassador 2015-2016 will open in August. More details to follow soon.

Lewis Piper - 9th January 2015
As part of my role of being student ambassador for Exeter Racecourse, I have been offered various different opportunities to visit different work placement in the racing industry.
The first placement I did was to spend a day with bloodstock agent Tom Malone to learn about what his job is like and what it involves.

I ended up spending two days with Tom, going to the Cheltenham December sales on Friday 12th December having spent the previous days viewing all of the horses that were in the sales. On the Thursday Tom taught me what he looks for in a good horse and what type of horse he likes to buy. In total we looked at around 80 horses which were mainly Irish point-to pointers who were being sold with a few English horses among them.

I met a lot of Irish racing people who I have seen on the TV and at the races but never met them in person, so it was great to meet them all.

On the Friday it was sales day. It was an early start as the breeze ups started at 8.30am, where around 20 lots breezed up the Cheltenham hill for the buyers to see. After the breezes, we were allowed to view the horses whenever the buyers liked, either in the stables or outside where the horses could be looked and checked by each buyer to see if they were interested to buy them.

When viewing the horses in the stables, it was very interesting to speak to all the vendors and the people working with the horses. It was also very nice to see the horses before they were being sold as there were a lot of horses with some very nice pedigrees which was a pleasure to see. After the races on the Friday, we entered the sales ring and the sales started. Tom ended the night buying three nice horses for different clients, who hopefully are exciting prospects and stars of the future. I would like to say thanks to Tom Malone and his assistant Nick for two fantastic days and I learned a lot about the bloodstock industry.