Eamonn Wilmott has been a pioneer in the technology industry since the early days of the consumer internet. After leaving John Hampden School in High Wycombe at 15, he published a book called Supercomputing Review in 1988 and later an award-winning magazine of the same name.
In 1995, he co-founded the UK-based digital company Online Magic, which was later merged with US advertising and marketing firm Agency.com. Under Wilmott’s leadership, it produced the first websites for Manchester United, British Airways, Sporting Index, Sky Sports and Channel 4. He was part of the five-person team that took the company onto the NASDAQ stock market in 1999 at a valuation of over £2B.
In 2008 he teamed up with Australian-born trainer Jeremy Gask to launch Horses First Racing, a state-of-the-art training centre in Wiltshire. Wilmott has owned numerous horses in his time, with Horses First Racing being the original owners of Gask’s enduring sprinter Medicean Man, who was second in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran all over the world. He presently co-owns 2018 Melbourne Cup hopeful Lord Fandango.
Wilmott married his passions for science & technology and racing when co-founding Total Performance Data (TPD). TPD has developed Global Navigation Satellite System technology which provides information for use in sectional timing and horse tracking in racing. Their clients include At The Races and the US Jockey Club.
He served a five-year stint as chairman of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder Magazine. In 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a non-executive director of the British Horseracing Authority, which concluded in November 2017. He was credited by the board for driving through improvements in ownership administration and experience.
He launched Anglo Australian Racing (AAR) in 2014, with the idea of buying and syndicating yearlings from Europe using expert genetic analysis and later racing them in Australia.