Racing Victoria chief Terry Bailey resigns to take up post in Singapore
The worst kept secret in Victorian racing circles was confirmed on Monday – Racing Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey resigning to take up the job as chairman of stewards in Singapore.
Bailey, who took over from Des Gleeson as RV chief steward in 2008, will finish up on July 11.
Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson paid credit to the outgoing Bailey.
"Terry has given tremendous service to Racing Victoria for more than a decade and he has our support and best wishes as he embarks on the exciting next chapter of his career abroad," Thompson said.
"Terry is highly respected for his unwavering focus on administering the rules of racing and ensuring that all participants and customers can compete on a level playing field.
"During his time with RV he has been determined to ensure that Victorian racing is successful and he has done that through strong and fearless administration of the rules. It hasn't always been easy, but Terry has given his all.
"Terry can look back fondly on his achievements during his time with RV and I want to thank him on behalf of all participants and stakeholders in Victorian racing for his dedication and commitment over many years."
Newly-appointed integrity chief Jamie Stier will be central to appointing Bailey's replacement.
"We were delighted to recently welcome Jamie Stier back to Australia to head up our integrity services team and he will oversee the appointment of our next chairman of stewards over the coming months," Thompson said.
"We have an outstanding team of stewards and under Jamie's leadership, we are in a great place to maintain our position as an industry and sporting leader when it comes to integrity."
Completing the chief steward merry-go-round, Racing Queensland confirmed Peter Chadwick, who had served as chief steward at the Singapore Turf Club for more than 13 years, was appointed the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission's chief steward of thoroughbred racing, with incumbent Allan Reardon stepping down.
Commissioner Ross Barnett welcomed Chadwick's appointment, and paid credit to the outgoing Reardon.
"We are fortunate to have attracted to Queensland a chief steward with a breadth of knowledge of the world of racing and his international experience is a bonus," he said.
"We received applicants from all over the world and as a result of a competitive open merit selection process Mr Chadwick was selected for this important role.
"The importance of this senior leadership position for the Queensland thoroughbred industry cannot be underestimated. Mr Chadwick brings years of experience to the commission and he will be a great contributor as we work to ensure the integrity standards of racing in this state are upheld."
He added: "I would like to acknowledge Allan's contribution to the commission as chief stipendiary steward since its commencement in mid-2016.
"Allan has worked with, mentored and gained the respect of staff and racing industry participants Australia wide during his more than 41 years in racing."
Chadwick is expected to start at the QRIC in August.
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