ANALYSIS: The ides of March may yet come for the Victorian and NSW racing industries despite significant moves to preserve the status quo in both states last week.

In Victoria, the RV board staved off a challenge from the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association (TROA) to ditch five serving directors, in what was seen as a rebuff to the vocal calls for change over the past six months.

In the end, TROA only got three of the 24 votes needed to make that change, but the words of chairman Jonathan Munz after the meeting were hardly those of someone resigned to defeat. He pointed to the 15 abstentions, which meant that there were only 17 of 35 votes in active support of the current board.

Munz also indicated that TROA would be campaigning hard to get the people it thought were best for the board with the three directors to be replaced in the coming months. Significantly, Munz is also part of the selection committee panel helping Racing Minister Anthony Carbines choose future directors for the RV Board.

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