Massive changes at Flemington Racecourse

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Mick Goodie and Martin Talty, two of the Victoria Racing Club’s most senior officials, have suddenly departed the club — only four days before the blockbuster Australian Guineas meeting.

Goodie has been replaced, effective immediately, as senior track manager by Liam O’Keeffe, while a replacement for Talty as executive general manager (racing) is yet to be found.

The new strategy at the VRC has seen leadership changes with Executive General Manager Racing Martin Talty and Senior Manager Flemington Racecourse Mick Goodie leaving.

O’Keeffe filled the role as assistant manager at the Flemington Racecourse for the past four years after working at Warrnambool Racing Club  for more than six years.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the club is delighted that Liam has accepted the role.

“Liam’s leadership qualities and extensive experience will enable the VRC to deliver on our short term operational requirements and long term racing strategy objectives,” Wilson said.

Warrnambool Racing Club chairman Nick Rule said the appointment was wonderful news for Liam.

“We’re thrilled with the news about Liam taking over as the Senior Manager Flemington Racecourse,” Rule said. “It’s a wonderful result for Liam’s hard work and commitment for many years.”

“As part of this strategy rollout, the VRC has made leadership changes for this new era. This direction has resulted in Martin Talty, Executive General Manager Racing, and Mick Goodie, Senior Manager Flemington Racecourse, leaving the Club”, it said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Liam O’Keeffe will assume the role of senior manager Flemington racecourse.

“Mr O’Keeffe has held the position of assistant anger Flemington racecourse for over four years, having been the track manager at Warrnambool racecourse previously.

“His considerable experience also includes six weeks of intensive track management and preparation in the UK at Ascot, York, Newmarket, Windsor and Goodwood racecourses.”

The changes are effective immediately.

The VRC said the changes were “part of its long-term vision”.

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