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Offline nemisis

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« 2021-Oct-25, 07:14 AM Reply #150 »
Who wrote that Peter?

Very sad the SMH....sold out it's soul to "Nine".

Would almost guarantee the author of that in some way would be getting paid by Sky......therefore under" the nothing negative RNSW rule"


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« 2021-Oct-25, 07:39 AM Reply #151 »


.................... it is an assessment that I would expect even casual observers to share about Melbourne racing.

How was the worlds best allowed to become of questionable quality compromised by inflated fields.

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« 2021-Oct-25, 08:07 AM Reply #152 »
You didn't tell me the author, Peter.

It is a correct assessment but there is just not enough really good horses to go around.
What happened to the Moir is a by-product of what is happening in NSW.

Comments about Victorian races from paid up NSW "journalists" or promoters should be ignored.
Tune into the dodgy Hong Kong commission agent Richie for more proof tomorrow

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« 2021-Nov-14, 08:38 PM Reply #153 »

Miles going nowhere ------  a prophetic portent


Racing Victoria boss Giles Thompson has kept a low profile this spring, his fifth and arguably busiest carnival in the chief executive’s seat.

It wasn’t intentional; those involved in Racing Victoria’s COVID-19 planning decided their honcho wouldn’t be considered an essential worker in the racing bubble.



https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/ego-and-self-interest-holding-back-national-whip-reform-in-racing-20211110-p597td.html

How did this happen?

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« 2022-Jan-14, 05:03 PM Reply #154 »

TWO-MONTHS IS A LONG TIME IN RACING


Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson resigns

Mr Thompson will remain in the CEO role until June 30 to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.

“With the customer at the centre of everything we do, we have been able to drive great outcomes, from the exceptional quality of our racing program, participants and athletes, to our world class infrastructure and facilities.


Obviously a very humble and perceptive man.


Miles going nowhere ------  a prophetic portent

Racing Victoria boss Giles Thompson has kept a low profile this spring, his fifth and arguably busiest carnival in the chief executive’s seat.

It wasn’t intentional; those involved in Racing Victoria’s COVID-19 planning decided their honcho wouldn’t be considered an essential worker in the racing bubble.


https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/ego-and-self-interest-holding-back-national-whip-reform-in-racing-20211110-p597td.html

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« 2022-Jan-14, 05:05 PM Reply #155 »


Does RVL still have contact details for Rob Hines?


Racing Victoria will begin the search immediately for a new CEO after the resignation on Friday of the current Chief Executive Giles Thompson.

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« 2022-Jan-14, 08:43 PM Reply #156 »
My thinking is that they need someone who (1) has at least some innovation, (2) some marketing skills, (3) some interest in racing outside the carnivals, (4) some interest outside the Melbourne establishment, and (5) some personality. In other words, a new approach …

It would be good if the current CEO was not on the selection committee. It might involve a decision.

It would be smart to outsource the selection process to some consultants - expensive but they would give you the result you ask for.

Cheers

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« 2022-Jan-14, 09:25 PM Reply #157 »


The RVL Board is the problem


RVL board members, briefed on Mondays about how did that happen again on Saturday --  let it happen again next Saturday.

That is the problem.

Miles was only delivering, week in and week out, what the RVL Board so clearly wanted.

Miles was not, is not, responsible for the relegation of Saturday racing in Melbourne from best to 'equal last' with the lesser states.

............... how could the 'worlds best' have been relegated to the prevailing rubbish.

 

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« 2022-Jan-15, 07:31 AM Reply #158 »
Giles Thompson always struck me as an intelligent man.
Certainly intelligent enough to realise it will only be a strong National response to confront the major welfare problems that are sinking horse racing.

When Giles made some recent comments about how bad the whipping of racehorses looks, his NSW counterpart says "whips don't hurt, the public just need educating".
Yet there is video around of V'Landys warning a group of breeders about why welfare issues such as whipping will destroy racing.

When the Recent Welfare initiatives were published Giles looked to embrace the report.
RNSW release a statement suggesting as "world leaders" in the re-homing of racehorses and as large land owners they will be going their own way.
How very embarrassing for RNSW that one submission actually stated that Team Thoroughbred NSW rehome about 100-150 horses per year....how pathetic!

All the time the go-between in negotiations is a a large scale NSW commercial breeder of thorougbreds...it's like a comedy script, yet it isn't funny!

Giles is getting out because he knows racing's survival chances now are zero.
He is leaving with his credibility intact.

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« 2022-Jan-21, 06:17 AM Reply #159 »
Interesting the history of Giles Thompson, CEO of Racing Victoria Limited.

Qualified as a chartered accountant in London with Deloitte & Touche, then worked at senior executive level for the Financial Times Group in the London, New York and Hong Kong.

Moved to Australia in 2004 and worked at APN Regional Newspapers in Queensland.

Relocated to Melbourne to take up a start-up role with Betfair Australia as CFO. 

Nine years at Betfair, the last three as CEO provided him great insight and experience into wagering and racing. 

He joined Racing Victoria in 2015 as CFO and was appointed to his current role as CEO of Racing Victoria in April 2017.

His major contribution to horse race wagering has been:

Increase Turnover Tax so that online bookmakers are required to contribute more to racing and Introduce the Point Of Consumption Tax so that Racing, TABCORP and the State Goverment share the profits made from these taxes.
Allow Corporate Bookmakers free rein to ban or restrict winning punters.
Create a Wagering Environment where these taxes have resulted in higher market percentages.
Actively change the wagering model, so that the main driver for horse race wagering is not profit via turnover, but now guaranteed profit via taxes.
Create a wagering environment where PUNTERS are now expected to fund racing and expected to lose and not win.

Of more interest, given his resignation, is what role he is planning to take on in his next position, after July 1st.

Would he be a nice fit for a major media operator looking to transition into horse race wagering?




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« 2022-Jan-21, 11:54 AM Reply #160 »


Giles is getting out because he knows racing's survival chances now are zero.
He is leaving with his credibility intact.

He struck me as someone too quick to appease the protagonists instead of standing up for the sport he was running.

There's a big difference between managing reform and giving into people intent on destroying the existence of what you manage.


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