Change at top as Mes­sara de­parts

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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.

PRIZE­MONEY BOOST

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.

ROSEHILL RE­TURNS

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.

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