Respected thoroughbred leader and breeder John Messara has been unanimously appointed the first independent Chair of Racing Australia, re-assuming the position he held from 2014 until 2016.
The Arrowfield Stud Founder and Chairman, who was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame as an associate in May, assumes the role left vacant after Greg Nichols' term concluded in April 2021.
In order to be eligible to fill the role, Messara was also appointed as an independent director on the Racing Australia board, the first time that someone other than those directors nominated by each of the Principal Racing Authorities has been appointed to the board.
With a long list of leadership roles in Australian racing, including as Racing NSW Chairman from 2011 to 2016, which also included his term as Racing Australia Chair. Messara's appointment as an independent and powerful voice appears to be a major step towards resolving the state-based rivalries which have stymied Racing Australia's ability to act on several key industry issues.