Friday, December 12, 2008
New Chairman Australian Racing Board

The Australian Racing Board today announced the election of Mr Bob Bentley as its new Chairman.

“I am extremely proud to take on this role. Unquestionably these are challenging times for the industry, but the fundamentals are strong and if Australian racing can become truly national in every sense then we can succeed. I firmly believe that tomorrow belongs to those who are willing to roll up their sleeves and be honest in tackling our problems. One thing that is absolutely essential is that we work nationally across the board. That includes calendar dates, programming, rules, handicapping, stewards and every other aspect of Australian racing.”

Mr Bentley made special acknowledgement of the contribution of his predecessor Mr Pearson.

“Bob has given excellent service to the Australian racing industry and made a truly lasting contribution, so I am particularly pleased that it is him who is passing the reins to me.”

Notes to Editors:

  • The Chairman of the Australian Racing Board is elected by the Board of Directors. Election is for a two year term.
  • Bob Bentley is currently Chairman of Queensland Racing Limited, the controlling body for thoroughbred racing in that State. Mr Bentley will continue his role as Chairman of Queensland Racing Limited.
  • Mr Bentley has had an extensive business career in the timber industry, as a cattle producer and breeder, as well as a Director of the Tatts Group.