Chief Executive in shock departure at leading club
20 Jul 2012 | Grafton racing has been shocked by the sudden departure of Clarence River Jockey Club chief executive Bradley De Martino Rosaroll less than a week after the conclusion of the July racing carnival.
The CRJC board of directors acted on a no confidence vote taken at a special meeting on Wednesday night.
CRJC chairman Graeme Green told the Daily Examiner that the board had been disappointed with aspects of this year's July Racing Carnival but stressed it was not the sole reason behind the dismissal.
Attendances were down an estimated 10 percent across the five meetings of the carnival but betting turnover held up thanks to a big jump in fixed odds betting with TAB Sportsbet.
"The board felt it would be in the interest of both parties to move on,' Green said.
"We were disappointed in a number of aspects of this year's carnival, not that Brad was entirely to blame for that.
"He has done a lot of good at the club and we appreciate all the hard work he has done."
De Martino Rosaroll said he bears no hard feelings toward the board for their decision.
"They have given me lots of different reasons and this year's July Carnival is part of it, but they are also realistic about the current economic climate in the Clarence Valley and elsewhere," he told Patrick Allen at the Examiner.
"I haven't really got my head around it yet but I will be here to get things in order before I depart.
"It has been a privilege to be involved in one of the most prestigious clubs in country New South Wales and I leave on amicable terms with the committee.
"I hope the CRJC will continue to enjoy great success and there is nothing to stop the 100th Grafton Cup in 2013 from being the highlight of the best carnival yet."
The CRJC is expected to press Racing NSW for the Ramornie Handicap meeting to be granted stand alone metropolitan status as a much needed boost for the carnival instead of having to compete with a midweek fixture in Sydney.
The CRJC will also call on Racing Queensland to find a new date for the Queensland Cup instead of having that race run on the Saturday prior to the Grafton Cup.
The sequence of winter staying races should see the Caloundra Cup (2400m) run 10 days before the Grafton Cup (2350m) and the Queensland Cup (3200m) run 10 days after the Grafton feature.
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