John Messara has been elected Chairman of the Australian Racing Board to replace retiring Chairman Michael Duffy.
The ARB is the national body representing the Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs) of Australia’s States and Territories.
Messara is currently Chairman of Racing NSW and has had a long-standing involvement in all aspects of the industry. Previously a stock broker, Messara established the Arrowfield Group in 1985. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the breeding and racing industry in 2008.
“I strongly support a national approach to the key regulatory and integrity functions of racing,” Messara said. “In this, the ARB plays an essential role in formulating uniform rules and cooperation between the States and Territories.”
Messara paid tribute to his predecessor saying Michael Duffy had expanded and strengthened the ARB in fulfilment of its national and international responsibilities.
“Michael’s term as Chairman saw an overhaul of the rules of racing relating to integrity, including the introduction of minimum penalties and the ban on anabolic steroids. He was an outstanding leader who enjoyed the respect and support of all jurisdictions.”
Kevin Dixon, Chairman of Racing Queensland, was elected Deputy Chairman of the ARB. He is a former Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club and Managing Director of Racetree Stud.