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Plot To Overthrow AJC Committee Incumbents

Friday, 18th December 2009

The Australian Jockey Club (Royal Randwick & Warwick Farm) "is being torn apart by a costly & bitter internal war," reported The Sun-Herald. A "group of disgruntled AJC members are petitioning for an emergency meeting to oust the current board of directors & install their own team". At Saturday's Rosehill meeting in Sydney "representatives of the coup plotters were soliciting for the 100 signatures they need to demand a special members' meeting by the end of April". Following the sudden retirement of AJC director Peter Falk last week, 9 board members remain & "all are being targeted by the dissidents, with the exception of accountant Jim Mathers who became a director in June 2006". The "2 racing identities behind the dramatic power play are former AJC chairman David Hall, who stood down in acrimonious circumstances in June 2007 & was replaced by Ross Smyth-Kirk, and King Street solicitor Noel Bracks, a former vice-chairman who lost his boardroom seat at the 2006 elections". Their candidates for the board of directors "include Bill Sweeney, a partner of accountancy firm PKF Australia, and Benedict Chan, a dogged oil & gas investor with business connections in Papua New Guinea". (Feb 23)

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