Nicholas Wrigley is to replace the late Rose Paterson as Chairman of Aintree racecourse, the Jockey Club confirmed on Wednesday.

Wrigley, who is currently Chairman of the investment bank N M Rothschild & Sons Limited, was Senior Steward of the Jockey Club between 2009 and 2014. Since 2019, he has been Chairman of the National Stud in Newmarket.

He also is a director of Pontefract racecourse as well as being a part of York’s race committee since 1992.

On his appointment, Wrigley said: “I would like to start by paying tribute to Rose, who displayed such outstanding leadership and passion during her tenure as Chairman of Aintree racecourse.

“It was a great honour to serve on the Aintree Committee with Rose as she showed huge enthusiasm and commitment to Aintree and the community.

“The Randox Health Grand National is the greatest jump race in the world and I look forward to supporting the Jockey Club team at Aintree to deliver a thrilling three-day festival in April 2021 and build on the outstanding work that has been achieved with the local and racing communities.”

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, added: “I would like to thank Nicholas Wrigley for agreeing to become Chairman at Aintree at such a sad time, following the death of Rose Paterson.

“Rose was a wonderful woman who contributed greatly to the racecourse and its community. It is only fitting that she is succeeded by a person with Nicholas’s vision, knowledge and track record.”