Messara resigns as chair of Racing New South Wales

Messara resigns as chair of Racing NSW
By Zoe Vicarage 12:06PM 17 OCT 2016

JOHN MESSARA has resigned as chairman of Racing New South Wales and will leave his position as the state's leading administrator at the end of December.

Messara, chairman and owner of Arrowfield Stud, has served as chairman for the past five years making a significant contribution to the thoroughbred racing industry in New South Wales and Australia.

Messara said: "It's been a privilege to serve the racing industry in such an outstanding team including the board and the executive of Racing NSW. All of our original objectives have been achieved during the five years.

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"I wish to give special thanks to the chief executive, Mr Peter V'landys AM who has been a tower of strength during what has been an often challenging scenario.

"I also wish to thank the deputy premier and minister for racing, The Hon Troy Grant MP and his predecessor The Hon George Souris for their guidance and support during my term in office."

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys added: "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.

"John has been an inspirational leader with his drive, passion and commitment to the sport without peer with the achievements above speaking for themselves."

Deputy chairman, Russell Balding will succeed Messara and will work closely with him in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

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