Jockey Club sacks boss
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15:
IN A report in yesterday's Daily Examiner, we reported that former Clarence River Jockey Club CEO Bradley de Martino Rosaroll had been sacked after a vote of no confidence by the club's board.
Mr de Martino Rosaroll has contacted us to say he had not been sacked from his position as CEO.
He said he officially resigned, effective July 19, 2012.
CLARENCE River Jockey Club chief executive Bradley de Martino Rosaroll has been terminated from his role as chief executive after the board acted on a no-confidence vote at a special meeting on Wednesday night.
CRJC chairman Graeme Green acted swiftly to address the dwindling crowds and industry participation at this year's carnival but said while the board was disappointed with aspects of this year's July Racing Carnival, that was not the sole reason for the dismissal.
"We have probably been focusing on the wrong strategies in recent times and the board felt it would be in the interest of both parties to move on," Green said.
"We were disappointed in a number of aspects of this year's carnival - not that Brad was entirely to blame for that.
"He has done a lot of good at the club and we appreciate all the work he did do."
Final attendance figures for this year's carnival are not officially tallied yet, but the visible decrease in the crowd and the weakness of both the Grafton Cup and Ramornie Handicap fields were apparent to all regular carnival attendees.
Next year will mark the running of the 100th Grafton Cup and the CRJC is keen to ensure the carnival will return to its peak.
De Martino Rosaroll said he was surprised but bore no hard feelings towards the board for making the decision.
"I haven't really got my head around it yet, to tell you the truth, but I will be here for the next day or so to help Graeme get things in order before I depart," de Martino Rosaroll said.
"They have given me lots of different reasons and this year's July Carnival is part of it, but they are also realistic about the current economic climate in the Clarence Valley and elsewhere.
"It has been a privilege to be involved in one of the most prestigious clubs in country New South Wales and I leave on amicable terms with the committee.
"I hope the jockey club will continue to enjoy great success and there is nothing to stop the 100th Grafton Cup from being the highlight of the best carnival yet," de Martino Rosaroll said.