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Sunday, February 3, 2008


Auctioneer Brightwells is pleased to announce that, as part of its ongoing investment into the bloodstock industry, Matt Mitchell has agreed to join the company as Head of the Bloodstock Division.

He will work alongside Terry Court, joint Managing Director of Brightwells, who also heads up the considerable Equine Department.

Mitchell is well known in the bloodstock industry, having spent seven years as Managing Director of Goffs Bloodstock Sales, during which time the company experienced substantial sales growth in both the Flat and National Hunt sectors.

Prior to this, he was employed as General Manager at the Racecourse Division of Horse Racing Ireland, which included overseeing Leopardstown and Navan racecourses, while he also served as the first General Manager of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.

Terry Court commented: "This appointment is further demonstration of Brightwells' commitment to the thoroughbred sales sector following the announcement of our partnership with Cheltenham and investment in the all-weather Breeze-Up and other facilities at the racecourse.

"Matt's reputation, experience and knowledge will add significantly to the strength of our existing bloodstock team and is particularly timely following the success of our new January sale at Cheltenham.

"I am sure we will work very well together."

Commenting on his appointment, Mitchell said: "I am very excited by the opportunity that Brightwells offers.

"The company has fully demonstrated its commitment to the thoroughbred sales sector through both its Cheltenham and Ascot ventures.

"I am particularly impressed by the constant desire to improve their performance in all areas and to listen hard to the needs of their clients and partners.

"The team is continually reflecting not on what it has done well, but on what it can do better. I am very much looking forward to working with Terry Court and being part of such a positive and evolving service to the bloodstock industry."

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