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New chief for troubled German racing industry

JAN ANTONY VOGEL is to be the new CEO of the Direktorium, and ipso facto the boss of the German racing industry, it was announced this week.

The 60-year-old lawyer will take up his duties on April 1. He is no stranger to racing administration as he has been president of the race club at Neuss for many years and is also the spokesman of the racecourse bloc in the Direktorium.

He succeeds the controversial Andreas Tiedtke, whose contract runs to the end of June, so that there will be a transitional period of three months. Vogel has reportedly been given a three year contract.

He is expected to follow a more conciliatory line than his predecessor, but will need all his diplomatic skills as German racing is in a very poor state.

Despite the continued worldwide success of German-bred and -trained runners (Danedream et al) the industry at home is in a state of crisis with many racecourses on the verge of insolvency.

Tthe whole industry has shrunk dramatically since the turn of the century, with betting turnover now less than a third of what it was in the 1990s.

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