Turf expert moves on to some ?greener? pastures

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

CLARENCE River Jockey Club (Grafton) deputy racecourse manager Drew Cookson is moving to 'greener' pastures.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract as racecourse manager with Coffs Harbour Race Club.

Cookson takes up his new position on October 4.

"I'm really excited at the pros- pects of the new job," Cookson said.

"I've been here (Grafton) for the past five years firstly working under Brett Nay before he left for Ipswich, then Warren Ford over the past three years.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed myself at Grafton. Warren and the club's directors have been terrific to work for.

"I'm not leaving after any grievance or anything like that, it's purely a career and financial decision and the directors have supported me."

Born in Melbourne before his family moved to Grafton in 1983, Cookson attended South Grafton High and after leaving school in 1999 completed a golf green keeping apprenticeship with the CRJC, studying in Newcastle.

"It's basically a horticultural certificate specializing in turf," Cookson said.



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