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May 9, 2016

The Australian Turf Club has today paid tribute to the 46-year career of Racing NSW Chairman of Stewards Ray Murrihy, who has announced his retirement, effective from 3 June, 2016.

ATC Chairman Michael Crismale said Mr Murrihy had built an exemplary career in some of the toughest jobs in Australian racing, including his stint as Racing NSW Chairman of Stewards for the past 25 years.

“Sydney racing and our Club have been extraordinarily privileged to have a man of the calibre of Ray Murrihy as our Chairman of Stewards,’’ Mr Crismale said.

“Week in and week out, over several decades, he has unfailingly ensured the integrity and fairness of our great sport.

“He has left a great legacy and example for so many other stewards to follow across Australia and beyond, and retires right at the top of his game with the greatest of respect of all in the industry.

“We salute Ray’s remarkable career, and on behalf of everyone at the ATC and the wider racing industry and public, we wish Ray the very best for a long and happy retirement.’’

Mr Crismale also welcomed the appointment of Mr Marc Van Gestel as Racing NSW Chairman of Stewards, and wished him success in his new role.

“Marc is building his own career as a steward, and with more than a quarter of a century experience in racing he is well placed to carry on the vital work of Chairman of Stewards,’’ Mr Crismale said.

“The ATC welcomes and congratulates Marc on his appointment, and the Board, Executive and all of our staff look forward to working with Marc and his team at our four tracks for many years to come.’’

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