A new board will soon be appointed to oversee Thoroughbred horseracing in the State of Victoria, Australia, and they’ll apparently be under the microscope for any conflicts of interest or appearance of impropriety. No one will be allowed to serve on the board of Racing Victoria if they derive income primarily from racing or hold an Australian Business Number related to racing under the proposed rules, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The SMH reports that the reforms are found in a summary of a top-level meeting that was recently leaked. The office of Racing Minister Martin Pakula, Racing Victoria Limited’s senior executive Mark Close, and acting chief executive Giles Thompson were cited as having participated in the meeting. World Casino News has not been able to independently verify the veracity of the claim nor has the editorial board seen the alleged leaked report.
According to the report, all current board positions will be cleared and a new chief executive will be appointed while changes to the “integrity unit” will be delayed until reforms have been introduced.
Further details of the proposed reforms include four-year terms with maximum service of 12 years, as well the minister selecting the chairman and deputy chairman. According to the SMH, the creation of a new board was facilitated by a board member leaking sensitive information to a trainer, which caused a lengthy inquiry. Integrity commissioner Sal Perna’s resultant report culminated in the board member resigning. Two days later Perna announced that major changes would occur.
Victoria is the home of racing in Australia hosting international Thoroughbred horse races such as the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. Racing Victoria Limited is the governing body there. The main club is the Victoria Racing Club with races at Flemington; there are two other metropolitan clubs which are the Melbourne Racing Club with races at Caulfield and Sandown, and the Moonee Valley Racing Club, which is home to the Weight for Age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate.