15TH JULY 2023


I am delighted to welcome you all to the 64th running of the John Smith’s Cup at York Racecourse.

We are extremely proud of our Yorkshire roots, being based just along the road at Tadcaster Brewery where John Smith’s enjoys over 250 years of brewing heritage and where our ale is brewed to fulfil the 228 million pints enjoyed by our customers every year.

John Smith’s continues to go from strength-to-strength. It is the nation’s favourite ale and we celebrate a long association with horse racing, indeed, The John Smith’s Cup is the longest running sports sponsorship in the United Kingdom.

As ever it is an absolute pleasure to work with our friends at the beautiful York Racecourse.

Today we will have a fantastic turn out at what is one of the best sporting events in the country. So, it’s over to you now, I hope you bet wisely and enjoy a glass of beer responsibly, and that you have a wonderful day out at the John Smith’s Cup.

Billy Aubby
Customer Director for North


14:00 John Smith’s Racing Stakes, presented by Ray Livingstone
14:35 John Smith’s City Walls Stakes, presented by Jamie Hornsey
15:10 John Smith’s Cup 64th Running, presented by Jonathan Ford
15:45 John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes, presented by Sam Evans
16:20 John Smith’s Stakes, presented by Ben Hince
16:55 John Smiths Stayers Stakes, presented by Alexandra Taylor
17:30 John Smith’s Sprint Stakes, presented by Dennis Van de Sanden



Chargrilled asparagus with avocado hummus, cucumber lime ribbon, pomegranate, pine
kernels, basil pesto
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Soanes Yorkshire chicken with a sage mousseline wrapped in Parma ham, olive oil mashed potato, sauté kale, carrot and butternut squash puree, red wine reduction

Vegetarian by pre-order:
Spinach, wild mushroom, chestnut, asparagus & chickpea wellington, served with château
potato, sauté kale, carrot, and butternut squash puree
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Warm sticky toffee pudding with Yorvale vanilla ice cream, toffee sauce

Afternoon Tea

Selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, and teas


Customer Development Director for Yorkshire and East Midlands

I have been with Heineken for the last 5 years looking after some of the best parts of the UK On Trade. Previously I’ve worked with S&N, ABI, WH Smiths, Marriott Hotels and Match Pint.

I went to Uni in Middlesex where I studied Hotel and Institutional Management. I’m a massive sports fan and enjoy watching rugby, golf and football.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend the John Smith’s Cup on 4 occasions & hope to get a winner for a change!

Wishing you all the best of luck today.

Off Trade Director

Joined the management team in July 2020 after 11 years with Heineken UK in a number of senior commercial leadership roles across the Off-trade, including Trading Director. An MBA graduate of Nottingham University and currently living in Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.

Second Time attending John Smith’s Cup and I am a Leeds Rhinos Fan

Account Director Regional Brewers

Have worked for Heineken for 22 years mostly in ontrade
This is my 7th or 8th time at John Smith’s Cup

Key Customer Manager for Key regional Customers

I will be celebrating 9 years with Heineken in August
This is my second time at John Smith’s Cup

Business Development Manager Yorkshire and East Midlands

Re-joined Heineken in 2007.

Attended the last 16 John Smith’s Cup events and had the pleasure of presenting a trophy to Tim Easterby last year.

Huge horse racing fan and enjoy watching Royal Ascot, Cheltenham and Goodwood and fingers crossed my son in law will have a horse running in this years John Smith’s Cup.

Customer Development Manager South Lincolnshire

I am just coming up to 10 months with Heineken.

This is my first time at J/S Cup.

I used to live in New Zealand and worked in wine.

Customer Development Manger York

I cover Selby, Goole and down to Scunthorpe

I’ve been at Heineken for 6 years starting off as Sales support at Tadcaster Brewery

This will be my second john Smith’s Cup with Heineken but I am a regular at race meetings at York – although not normally in the hospitality areas !!

My top tip for a pilot would be Tom Marquand or Rossa Ryan!

Customer Development Manager Scarborough

Been at Heineken for 18 years

Think this will be my 5th or 6th time at John Smith’s Cup

I love all sport but especially cricket and football. Horse racing is not my strong point so probably best to ask Stephen O’Ryan or Peter Lawson for tips!

Business Development Manager Star Pubs and Bars

I joined Heineken in 2016 working on the Smart Dispense team, then moved into a Regional Sales Manager role. In 2022 I moved into Star Pubs as a BDM in the Yorkshire Region. This is my second trip to the JS Cup, hopefully I will have more success on the horses this time!

Heineken is my favourite lager; I try to drink it as often as possible but also partial to a nice glass of wine!

Enjoy being outdoors, walking my two miniature schnauzers, restoring luxury & vintage handbags.

Customer Development Director North West

I’ve just passed my one year anniversary with Heineken

This will be my very first John Smith’s Cup and my first time wearing a tie in a long time !

Customer Development Manager West Yorkshire

I’ve been at Heineken for 12 years now and this will be my fifth time at John Smith’s Cup.

For my sins I am a huge Huddersfield Town fan.

Customer Development Executive Lancashire and Cumbria

I am almost 2 years at Heineken and have never been to York Races before but I do love a Race Day.

I’m a huge Evertonian fan and along with my dad, a season ticket holder.

Weekends are for coaching my son’s under 6 footie team and time with my wife and children.

Customer Development Executive West Yorkshire

I’ve been at Heineken for 1.5 years

This will be my second time at John Smith’s Cup

Key Customer Manager North East

Been at Heineken for 17 years

This will be my fourth time at John Smith’s Cup

I have a 12 year old daughter who keeps me very busy and skint!

Customer Development Manager Northumberland

I've been with Heineken 5 years supporting customers initially in Sunderland and more lately covering Northumberland

I've been going to the John smiths cup for over 20 years and it's my favourite race meeting of the year.

I am a frustrated Everton supporter and an even more frustrated golfer.

Business Development Manager North West

I have been at Heineken just over 8 years, I’ve been to the JS Cup once before in my first year with the business.

I have 2 girls who take up a lot of my free time and if I do get any I love to spend it doing DIY, refitting bathrooms, tiling floors etc building fire pits in my garden.

I'm also a Man Utd fan and I was once the youngest person in the world.

Customer Development Manager Leeds

Been at Heineken almost 2 years

First time at John Smith’s Cup but enjoy a flutter on the gee gees if the odds are good

Most likely to be found at Elland Road as I’m a huge Leeds FC fan

My favourite Heineken product is Brixton Coldharbour Lager

Global Account Manager

21 years with Heineken

This will be my 6th time at John Smith’s Cup

Key Customer Manager – Community Channel

Been at Heineken 8.5 Years

This will be my second time at John Smith’s Cup

Won a prestigious scholarship from the RGS to travel before university.

Channel Controller L&T

I have been at Heineken for 5 years, this will be my first time at John Smith’s Cup and I’m very excited!

Customer Manager in the Off Trade

Love the exciting World of Wholesale and Convenience

I last attended the John Smiths Cup in 2019 for the 60th Anniversary

My go to Beer’s are Amstel and Birra Moretti

Category & Commercial Strategy Director for the Off Trade

I have been at Heineken for 2 years and this will be my first time at John Smith’s Cup.

I have 3 young daughters so am very pleased to have a Saturday out at the races !

My goal today is to win more than I lose!

Regional Executive Off Trade

I’ve been with Heineken for 9.5 years

This will be my first time hosting but I have been a keen member of York Racecourse for the past 9 years

Key Customer Manager for Key regional Customers

Been with Heineken for 11 years

This will be my fifth time at John Smith’s Cup and its my favourite hospitality event that we do

At nearly (not quite) 40, I’m still playing rugby for Loughborough Town 1XV and I have a degree in aeronautical engineering

Brewery Director Tadcaster

I have 27 years with the business, 25 of which were at Bulmers cider plant in Hereford.

This is my 2nd time attending the JS Cup.

I enjoy all sports especially football as I am the chairman of a local football team in Hereford.

I enjoy horse racing but I don’t bet too much and normally go for the yellow and blue colours as this is the same as the football club I run 😊

Head of Brewing

I re-joined Heineken in 2021 as Head of Brewing. Passionate about beer and brewing.

This is my 2nd time attending the JS Cup, fantastic day out last year so jumped at the chance to come back.

Big fan of Scottish Rugby and usually have terrible luck betting.

TPM (Continuous Improvement) Manager

I have done 11 years at Tadcaster Brewery working across multiple functions (Safety, Quality, Brewing and Packaging).

It will be my 4th time attending the JS Cup.

Absolutely love football having played and am a qualified referee and coach. My current challenge is coaching a girls youth team which my daughter plays for.


North Hospitality and Events Executive

I’ve been with Heineken for 26 years following my dad who did 35 years

I’ve been at the last 10 John Smith’s cup …but always working and I look after customer events from the tip of Scotland right down to Leicester

I’m a huge Elvis Fan and love to travel.

South Hospitality and Events Executive

I’ve been with Heineken for 16 years most of it in the Events team and John Smith’s Cup is always one of my favourites. I look after customer events from London and the South coast and Southern Wales.

I enjoy walking my dogs and I love to travel. I’m either away exploring or planning my next trip away exploring.

Major Customers Events Executive

I have been with Heineken for 18 years, joining in the S&N days.

I love the John Smith’s Cup and have attended – in a work capacity – for at least the last 10 years.

I love the outdoors and spending time with my family!

Special Call Outs to some of our other Heineken Employees joining us today:

Finance Senior Analyst

I am a Senior Finance Analyst looking after North region and have worked for Heineken for 11.5 years. I am a proud dog mum who loves a rum & coke!

Senior Legal Council

I will be celebrating 14 years with Heineken in October and this will be my very first time at John Smith’s Cup.

I’m a Blackburn Rovers supporter, I enjoy playing tennis, my last encounter with a horse was taking my 5 year old for a pony ride which ended up with her being lobbed off (unharmed) when she sneezed and the pony got a fright!

Head of Risk and Master data

I’ve been with Heineken for 15 years and I love my country music.

Key Customer Manager

I have been at Heineken 27yrs and been to John Smith’s Cup over 10 times

I love to watch Cricket and rugby league and my favourite drink is a very nice G&T or a Birra Moretti!

Customer Manager Off trade

I have been with Heineken for 16 years, and this will be my 5th time at John Smith’s Cup.

I enjoy Football and am a keen Liverpool & Newcastle fan – yes I’ve got 2 teams

My favourite drink is a Heineken in Amsterdam!!

Customer Manager Off trade

I have been at Heineken for 11 years and this will be my fourth time at John Smith’s Cup.

I am a long-time suffering Leeds United fan, enjoy motorcycling and hiking. Little known fact is I once slept in Beyonce’s bed (alone I may add!)

The following Brewery colleagues have all been nominated by their departments as recognition for doing great things and for displaying the Heineken Behaviours. They have been invited along today as a thank you from the Tadcaster Brewery Management team for their efforts and for the inspiration they demonstrate to their colleagues:

  • Tom Oates – Canning Manager Tadcaster Brewery
  • David Parkinson - Technician Tadcaster Brewery
  • Lucas Furtado – Technical Operator Tadcaster Brewery
  • Russ Smithson - Process Technician Tadcaster Brewery
  • Jamie Wade – Quality Analyst Tadcaster Brewery
  • Paul Clarkson - Technical Operator Tadcaster Brewery
  • Nigel Parker – Process Technician Tadcaster Brewery
  • Dale Harrison – Technical Operator Tadcaster Brewery


Don’t forget to drop your losing bets into the ice bucket on stage to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes !

Race 1

2 Home stand tickets to a group stage of the Europa League Competition

Race 2

2 Home stand tickets to a group stage of the Champions League Competition

Race 3

2 hospitality tickets to see Noel Gallagher and the Flying Birds at Leeds Arena

Race 4

A Magnum of Champagne

Race 5

2 hospitality tickets to see Peter Kay at Manchester Arena

Race 6

2 Home hospitality tickets to either a Champions League or a Europa League game (excluding finals and semi finals)

Race 7

2 Hospitality tickets to see Killer Queen at Leeds Arena


Good Luck!


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