Musselburgh Racecourse boss Bill Farnsworth has been appointed to the board of UK racing’s governing body, the British Horseracing Authority.
The three year appointment, effective from August 1, is an acknowledgement of the work carried out by Mr Farnsworth and his team in transforming Musselburgh into one of the country’s leading race tracks.
Nominated to the eight man board by the Racecourse Association, Mr Farnsworth said his priority would be to tackle the thorny issue of racecourse funding.
He said: “I am joining the BHA board at a very challenging time for British racing. The funding of our racing industry, from the betting industry, has plunged to an all time low through the Levy and racing is facing a financial crisis in 2011.
“As well as promoting the well being of our sport, my main objective is to try to help the BHA come up with a solution which ensures adequate financing of the racing industry and safeguards its future.”
Musselburgh Racecourse chairman, John Prideaux, said the appointment was a reflection of Mr Farnsworth’s personal reputation and of the work carried out at the East Lothian course during his 11 year tenure.
Mr Prideaux said: “We support him wholeheartedly in his new role. We are delighted that he will be remaining in charge at Musselburgh and at the same time regard his appointment as a favourable reflection on the standing of the course within the sport as a whole.”
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