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The Sportsman Weekend - - News - with Ray Hickson

Wil­son steps up

VRC board mem­ber Neil Wil­son has stepped into the role of in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive as the club looks for a re­place­ment for Si­mon Love.

Love re­signed last week fol­low­ing two years in the job.

Wil­son joined the VRC board in 2012 and be­came hon­orary trea­surer ear­lier this year.

VRC chair Amanda El­liott said she was de­lighted Wil­son had agreed to take on the role un­til a per­ma­nent re­place­ment was found.

“This in­terim so­lu­tion en­sures lead­er­ship and sta­bil­ity for this year’s Mel­bourne Cup car­ni­val while a thor­ough search process is un­der­taken,” El­liott said.

Record tum­bles

JEFF Lloyd’s amaz­ing sea­son in the sad­dle con­tin­ues af­ter he passed Queens­land record for wins in a sea­son at Ip­swich on Wed­nes­day.

The win of Pron­tezza was Lloyd’s 156th Queens­land win­ner and he’s al­ready smashed Chris Munce’s mark for metro wins by sit­ting on 121 with two months re­main­ing.

De­spite his dom­i­nance in Queens­land, Lloyd trails WA star Wil­liam Pike (160 prior to Northam yes­ter­day) by a cou­ple of wins in the na­tional ti­tle.

Seal to Snitzel

RE­CENTLY re­tired Group 1 win­ning mare First Seal will be served by cham­pion stal­lion Snitzel this spring.

Af­ter hav­ing early brag­ging rights over cham­pion Winx, win­ning their first five clashes, First Seal en­coun­tered some in­jury is­sues that re­stricted her to just 21 starts.

The five-year-old’s last win was the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield in Oc­to­ber.

Snitzel is Aus­tralia’s lead­ing stal­lion and re­cently bro­ken a 40 year record for num­ber of in­di­vid­ual two-year-old win­ners in a sea­son.

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