Dr Saranne Cooke is the new chair of Racing NSW, appointed by New South Wales Racing Minister David Harris to fill the role left vacant by Russell Balding’s exit in December.

Dr Cooke has been deputy chair of Racing NSW since 2021 and has been on the board since 2015. She becomes the first woman to be appointed as chair.     

“Dr Cooke is the perfect choice for the role, with the leadership skills needed to navigate the challenging economic headwinds facing the racing industry,” Minister Harris said in a statement.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW remains the leading state for thoroughbred racing and a successful Board is essential to that goal.”

Meanwhile, former Racing Minister Kevin Greene has been selected to come back on to the board, assuming the ordinary board position left by Balding, having previously served between 2011 and 2018.

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