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O.P. « 2016-Oct-17, 07:11 PM »
John Messara resigns as Racing NSW chairman, retires from board


By Costa Rolfe  4 hours ago

  John Messara at his Arrowfield Stud


In a shock move, prominent racing administrator John Messara has ended his five-year tenure as Racing NSW chairman and simultaneously retired from the Racing NSW Board.

Messara announced his decision to fellow board members at a meeting in Sydney on Monday, cutting short a slated three-year-term after just ten months.

Messara was reappointed as chairman in December by racing minister Tony Grant, along with new directors Saranne Cooke and Jennifer Owen (who has since resigned).

Messara – who assumed the post of Racing NSW chairman in 2011 – will also stand aside from his role as chairman of Racing Australia.

Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys paid tribute to the departing chairman.

“This is a very sad day for the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry. People won’t realise or fully appreciate the magnitude of John’s enormous contribution,” said V’landys.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Deputy Chairman Russell Balding cited Messara’s numerous achievements during his time in the role.

“John Messara is the longest serving Chairman of Racing NSW and is an icon in the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry; he will be greatly missed,” Mr Balding said.

“Under his leadership the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry has regained its mantle as the leading jurisdiction in the Southern hemisphere. Annual prizemoney has all but doubled from $118 million to $203 million during his term with particular focus on Country and Provincial racing.

“Importantly, NSW now has a flagship carnival in The Championships,” Balding continued.

Messara has been the subject of criticism during his tenure, most frequently for the perceived conflict of interest brought about by his position as chairman and owner of influential breeding operation Arrowfield Stud.


Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2016-Oct-17, 07:54 PM Reply #1 »
Goodbye, it's time I sought a foreign clime,
Where I may find there are hearts more kind than I leave behind.
And so I go to flee the savage foe,
Although I know that I won't be missed by the punters I've pissed

~From The White Horse Out

~2:00 from the excellent film about tax dodger Joseph Locke who could certainly carry a tune.



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« 2016-Oct-17, 08:21 PM Reply #2 »
Busy day for Kate who earned her Racing Writer of the Year award in no small part to ingrate and aspiring fiction writer J A Cassidy.

She seems quite cut up about Messara's farewell.




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« 2016-Oct-17, 08:24 PM Reply #3 »
 :bye:

His prior knowledge of the greyhound decision has a real stench about it ..... 

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« 2016-Oct-17, 11:33 PM Reply #4 »
:bye:

His prior knowledge of the greyhound decision has a real stench about it .....

Hi Gintara, was Messara's resignation a dummy spit due to Baird's reversal of the Greyhound ban?

Where is Messara's promised increased prizemoney going to come from now that the Greyhounds are back?

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« 2016-Oct-18, 06:40 AM Reply #5 »
I was thinking very similar when I penned my post Mortdale  :whistle:

Might be a bit of heat heading their way so he jumped early  :chin:


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« 2016-Oct-18, 10:33 AM Reply #6 »
I concur with this theory...


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