Change at top as Messara departs
RUSSELL Balding will take over as chairman of Racing NSW from January 1 following the resignation of John Messara last week.
Messara has been the longest-serving chairman of Racing NSW but, after five years in the role, he felt it was “time for renewal”.
Racing NSW, under the chairmanship of Messara and the managerial guidance of chief executive Peter V’landys, has negotiated wagering taxation parity, substantially increased prizemoney, developed The Championships in Sydney during autumn as a racing carnival of international renown, and introduced animal welfare improvements.
THE Australian Turf Club has announced further stakes increases for two feature races during The Championships next autumn. The Percy Sykes Stakes for juvenile fillies and the Arrowfield 3yo Sprint have been increased by $100,000.
RACING returns to Rosehill Gardens this Saturday for the first time in a month.
There are nine races scheduled including the Pierro Plate (1100m), a juvenile race worth $150,000.
Also on the program is the inaugural running of the $100,000 Country Classic (2000m) – an open-class race for country horses only.
WATCH OUT FOR REITH
MY tip for is to follow jockey Christian Reith at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.