Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Packaging firm picks up the reins as race horse trainer’s new sponsor

Martin Tedham and Jonjo O'NeillSwindon-based Wasdell Group has become the sole sponsor of the stables of racehorse trainer Jonjo O’Neill.

Europe’s largest independent manufacturing and packaging supplier to the pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare industries picks up the reins of the Cotswolds-based racing horse training stables.

Former national hunt jockey O’Neill is one of the most successful trainers in the UK and Ireland.

Wasdell chairman Martin Tedham, who has had horses at Jonjo O’Neill Racing’s Jackdaws Castle training establishment for many years, says Jonjo O’Neill Racing’s passion for excellence reflects the values of Martin’s own group of companies.

In the ten years since Martin bought Wasdell he has transformed it from a small regional packaging firm to Europe’s largest independent developer and manufacturer of specialist packaging and medicines for the global pharmaceutical and nutritional industries.

Martin, who shares Jonjo’s love for jump racing, said: “Jonjo’s outstanding determination and performance in all he does is admirable, and Wasdell are delighted to be part of that story. This partnership reflects the drive by both organisations towards achieving excellence and innovation in our own fields.”

“We are very proud that Wasdell’s distinctive livery will be seen on horseboxes and will be worn by the Jackdaws team and the horses at home and at the races.”

Jonjo, a former champion jockey and trainer of the winners of notable races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National, said: “Everyone at Jackdaws Castle is looking forward to our association with the Wasdell Group which opens a new chapter for us all.

“Wasdell’s dynamism and can-do attitude sits well with our own ethos. We continually strive to improve our facilities here and have been building up a team of talented young horses to take the place of some of our now retired heroes. There’s lots to keep the pulse racing.”