Definition of clerk of the course in English:

clerk of the course


  • An official who assists the judges in horse racing or motor racing.

    • ‘He seems unperturbed by the pressure that the twin roles of chief executive and clerk of the course on the eve of a new season should bring.’
    • ‘Sitting in the cramped office of Ludlow's clerk of the course on Thursday, Lee still regards his unaccustomed celebrity with the detachment of a bystander in somebody else's dream.’
    • ‘Now the Wilmslow and Crewe-based dealer provides three: for the clerk of the course, for the observer and as a chase or pace car.’
    • ‘Lambert, the clerk of the course, added: ‘There was a little scuffle in which one of the crew was left sitting on the ground as Mr Wintle sought refuge in the Tote Credit office.’’
    • ‘He believes that racecourse layouts have improved enormously, with consequent benefits in safety, in recent years thanks to a new breed of clerks of the course.’
    • ‘In my role as clerk of the course at York I have never had reason to doubt the integrity of races run on Knavesmire.’
    • ‘Sandown clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said there was no choice but to abandon racing at the Surrey course.’
    • ‘They were taken out because Ascot's likeable clerk of the course upset trainers by refusing to artificially water the sun-baked turf because rain was forecast.’
    • ‘Ashley has been clerk of the course on the Mutiny Rally for many years, while Udy is secretary of the meeting for the June event.’
    • ‘Following an investigation by the clerk of the course the result for race one was amended.’