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ARB agrees to Hall of Fame and AROTYA takeover

09 / 06 / 2011 Article by: Editor
Bernard Saundry - Chief Operating Officer, Racing Victoria
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THE Australian Racing Board (ARB) today approved a proposal from Racing Victoria (RV) to make the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards truly national events.

As part of a staged three-year transition commencing this year, administration of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards will shift from RV to the ARB, thus allowing the award ceremonies to be showcased across the nation.

Under the plan approved today, RV will maintain an active role as a host during the transition period, whilst also committing significant resources to assist the ARB in the planning, preparation and conduct of the awards ceremonies.

The ARB also announced today that the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards will be conducted as stand alone events from this year to ensure that each receives appropriate public recognition.

The three-year transition process approved today by the Directors of the Australian Racing Board is as follows:

1. In 2011-12 season:

a. The 2011 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards will be administered and conducted by RV in Melbourne on Sunday night, 18 September.

b. The Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be conducted in Sydney in March 2012 with the ARB administering the selection process.

2. In 2012-13 season:

a. The Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards selection process to be administered by the ARB with the event conducted by RV in Melbourne in September 2012.

b. The continuation of a state-by-state rotation for the Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony which will be administered and run by the ARB.

3. In 2013-14 season:

a. The Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards selection process to be administered by the ARB with the event conducted by RV in Melbourne in September 2013 in conjunction with the Australian Racing Conference.

The Australian Racing Board also announced the appointment of Bob Charley AO as Chairman of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame selection panel. Moreover, all members of the previous selection panel are to be invited to remain on the panel for an initial term of two years with all being eligible for reappointment thereafter.

These are:

• Victoria

Bryan Martin, Rodney Johnson, Ron Taylor, Norman Carlyon

• New South Wales

Ray Thomas, Pat Parker, Ian Craig

• Western Australia

Ernie Manning

• Queensland

Wayne Wilson

• Tasmania

Peter Staples

• South Australia

Mal James

ARB Chief Executive, Andrew Harding said the Board was extremely enthusiastic about the new arrangements.

“The Board’s Directors today approved the proposal that the ARB assume control of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards over a three-year transition period commencing this year.

This will allow the industry to showcase these two wonderful events across the nation and profile each racing state, its participants and racing fans with the opportunity to embrace both events which hold great significance in the Australian racing industry.

The Australian Racing Board appreciates the selfless attitude taken by Racing Victoria in allowing these events to move outside Victoria and commends them on the magnificent job they have done in building the profile of both events.

Upon recommendation from Racing Victoria, the ARB has agreed that the optimal arrangement is to conduct the Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards dinner separately in the future to allow inductees and recipients their appropriate time in the spotlight.

The ARB has agreed in principle to the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards being held in conjunction with the annual Australian Racing Conference from the 2013-14 season subject to discussions around the future plans for the Conference,” said Andrew Harding, Chief Executive, Australian Racing Board.

RV Chief Operating Officer, Bernard Saundry, said the decision was in the best interests of Australian racing and that it provided a framework for further cooperation amongst the states on matters of national interest.

“Our objective with both the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards has been to build them into successful national events and to be truly national, they need to be administered by the ARB and showcased in different states,” Mr Saundry said.

“As part of the three-year transition, Racing Victoria will continue to invest significant resources into both events and we look forward to hosting them when presented with the opportunity to do so as part of the future state rotation.”

“Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards at Crown on Sunday night, 18 September which will form a terrific weekend in Melbourne with the Spring Racing Carnival officially commencing the day prior at Caulfield with the Group 1 Underwood Stakes,” Mr Saundry said.