CRJC picks Valley boy

MICHAEL Beattie started his 37-year racing career in Grafton and will now return to the Valley as the new Clarence River Jockey Club chief executive.

Mr Beattie was CEO of Gosford Race Club for seven years, chief steward of NSW Harness and most recently the director of racing and chairman of stewards at Macau Jockey Club.

"As you can see Michael will bring a wealth of knowledge with him and is returning to Grafton where he commenced his racing career of 37 years," CRJC chairman Graeme Green said.

Mr Beattie was chosen from several "very highly skilled and qualified" industry candidates.

"Following interviews held over the last few days the directors were very confident Michael was the best person to take the club forward and further Clarence Valley thoroughbred racing," Mr Green said.

"He has great contacts within the industry and I am sure that will assist this club immensely and particularly with 2013 being the year we celebrate our 100th running of the Grafton Cup."

Mr Beattie replaces Bradley de Martino Rosaroll who was sacked soon after this year's July Racing Carnival, which was criticised for its dwindling crowd numbers and weakness of both the Grafton Cup and Ramornie Handicap fields.

At the time Mr Green said the club had been focusing on the wrong strategies and that "the board felt it would be in the interest of both parties to move on".

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