EXCLUSIVE: Former harness racing chief John Dumesny, once described as a ‘lifelong friend’ of Peter V’landys, is a member of the three-person panel appointed to help the Racing Minister choose the next chairman of Racing NSW.

New South Wales racing minister David Harris established the selection panel in December, with Elizabeth Mildwater, the head of the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as its chair and joined by former state government lawyer Don Colagiuri.

The presence of Dumesny, the man who assumed V’landys' role as NSW Harness Racing Club chief executive in 2004, having worked with the now Racing NSW CEO for 16 years before that, is set to draw plenty of scrutiny.

Dumesny was a respected administrator in harness racing before his retirement midway through last year after 35 years working in the sport in NSW.

Just last September, Dumesny - in a story celebrating his retirement from Harness Racing NSW - told the Daily Telegraph's Ray Thomas that V'landys was "inspirational" and it was stated the pair have remained "lifelong friends”.

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