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May 6, 2016

The Australian Turf Club has appointed a senior racing executive to continue its long-term strategy of making Sydney’s thoroughbred racing amongst the strongest in the world.

Mr James Ross – who has more than 15 years experience in the Australian and international racing industries – has been appointed as General Manager, Racing, Wagering and International.

Mr Ross will report to Executive General Manager Racing Mr James Heddo.

Amongst Mr Ross’s key responsibilities will be to continue to develop an optimum racing program for Sydney throughout the year, to attract more international competitors to Autumn and Spring carnivals, and to grow wagering revenue on Sydney racing.

Mr Ross’ has worked as the Racing Development and Strategy Manager for the Victoria Racing Club since August 2014.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in racing and regulatory roles at leading international racing bodies, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Australian Racing Board, prior to his tenure with the Victoria Racing Club.

Australian Turf Club Chairman Michael Crismale said the Club’s Board and management were thrilled to have secured a manager with such a strong and diverse employment history in racing.

“James further strengthens the ATC’s management team as our Board and Executive continue to focus on growing Sydney racing, as well as wagering on our races,’’ Mr Crismale said.

“James will play a crucial role in our racing office in enhancing our racing program and to attract more horses, trainers and jockeys to compete at events such as The Championships and Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.

“The ATC remains committed to making Sydney racing the very best in Australia all year round.’’

Mr Ross said: “I am very excited to be joining the Australian Turf Club at a time of great opportunity for the Club and Sydney racing.

“There is no doubt that Sydney racing is amongst the most competitive in the world and I am looking forward to continuing to elevate it on the world stage.’’

Mr Ross will fill the role to be vacated by senior ATC leader Colin Tuck, who plans to retire in July after more than 40 years working in Sydney racing.

Mr Ross will commence his new role on 30 May, 2016.

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