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Messara Announces Retirement

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

John Messara has announced his intention to retire as chairman of the Racing NSW board at the end of December this year. Speaking on behalf of the Racing NSW Board, the Deputy Chairman, Russell Balding, acknowledged the significant contribution that Mr Messara has made to the thoroughbred racing industry in NSW and Australia over the 5 years of his chairmanship. "John Messara is the longest serving Chairman of Racing NSW and is an icon in the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry; he will be greatly missed. Under his leadership the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry has regained its mantle as the leading jurisdiction in the Southern hemisphere." Mr 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 5 years." He added: "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." Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V'landys said: "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." He added: "John has been an inspirational leader with his drive, passion and commitment to the sport without peer with the achievements above speaking for themselves."

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