The brutal nature of racing politics in Victoria and NSW speaks to the importance of principal racing authorities and racing clubs having both a strong, independent board and a knowledgeable and accountable executive, writes Bren O’Brien.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones says pending Racing Victoria board changes forced him out of the chief executive's job. (Photo: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

COMMENT: Every other week for the past eight months, a rumour would go around that Racing Victoria (RV) chief executive Andrew Jones was set to be shown the door. So, when Jones resigned last Friday, a convenient black spot for news coverage in between a public holiday and a weekend, it came as little surprise.

The rumour mill surrounding Jones’ future at RV was driven in large part by the strident opinions of his most outspoken, and powerful critic, Jonathan Munz, the chairman of the owners’ body TROA.

Munz was hardly alone in his distaste for Jones but was his loudest detractor and sent him off with one last kick in the pants when he issued a statement at the weekend.

“Jones and his team were completely out of their depth and apart from fundamental management errors, were seen as pushing a misconceived radical strategy parading as “innovation,” Munz said.

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