The Gold Coast Turf Club has secured a major coup with the appointment of senior Queensland steward Ian Brown as its new “Racing Manager”.
In one of the most unprecedented moves within Queensland racing circles in recent years, Brown will join the club in June after a decade serving as a senior steward with Racing Queensland and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.
Brown, boasts an intimate knowledge of the industry and its stakeholders on the Gold Coast, and is also a qualified solicitor.
GCTC Chairman Brett Cook said the club and its Board were delighted to have recruited the services of such a highly regarded racing official to assist the organisation as it works towards its master plan for the future.
“It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ian into the team as the club progresses towards becoming one of the best racing centres in Australia,” said Cook.
“Ian is highly regarded in the racing fraternity and has a depth of industry knowledge. One of his first key jobs will be to look after racing integrity and make sure our local industry participants are protected.
“His appointment fits within our long-term strategy and the masterplan that we have in place for the Gold Coast which includes planned track upgrades and opportunities for night racing.”
Brown said he was delighted to join an innovative organisation that is growing rapidly with bright and prosperous plans for the future.
“I’ve really enjoyed the regulatory role over the last 10 years but it’s time for a new challenge,” said Brown.
“It’s an exciting time for the Gold Coast Turf Club and I’m looking forward to assisting the club implement its grand plans.
“I’m very passionate about the Racing Industry and look forward to the challenges of this role. Ill will love but working in different areas of the business such as the commercial and development side of things.
“As a local Gold Coaster, I look forward to working more closely with the stakeholders and the club’s existing staff.”
GCTC CEO Steve Lines believes it is a significant opportunity to employ someone of Brown’s experience from the racing fraternity.
“Ian’s appointment supports our vision towards building this club into a shining light for racing in Queensland and Australia. It will assist us in expediting our plans and will help us continue to grow the business at a faster rate” said Lines.
“There are significant plans in the wind to elevate the status of the club in becoming the third Metropolitan race track in Queensland and we hope to achieve this goal by 2022.
“Ian will fit beautifully into the team as not only does he have the correct capabilities to deliver the relevant outputs of the role, he is a highly engaging individual and will easily align with the rest of the business.”
The GCTC is also continuing its push to have the feature A.D. Hollindale Stakes lifted to Group 1 status in the near future.
The $500,000 TAB A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) will be run this Saturday at Group 2 status and has attracted a strong field of 14 runners from many of the leading stables in the country including Chris Waller, James Cummings and Ciaron Maher/David Eustace.
This weekend’s feature meeting also sees the running of the Group 3 Brandon’s Gold Coast Guineas (1200m), the Group 3 TAB Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m), the Listed Australian Turf Club Trophy (1400m), the Listed Johnnie Walker Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) and the Listed Attwood Marshall Lawyers Silk Stocking (1200m).
Also included on the nine-race program is the renamed Heineken Gold Coast Cup (2400m) and the Gold Coast Harley-Davidson Bat Out of Hell, where again the winning Trainer will walk away with a brand new Harley-Davidson (900m).