British Racing's Ruling Body Hit by Resignation

Trevor Beaumont has resigned as racing director of the British Horseracing Board a year after taking up his post.

The resignation comes shortly after the BHB had finally achieved a full set of executives, following the appointment of Chris John as marketing director.

"When I accepted the position of racing director of BHB, having been the managing director of Coral Eurobet and a main board director of Coral for eight years, I did so in the expectation that the BHB Board restructure would have been complete by mid 2002, reducing sectional interests, adding additional independent directors and, most importantly, elevating a number of executive directors to the Board," Beaumont explained. "It is now clear that this much-needed restructure will not take place in the foreseeable future, thereby preventing the senior executives from having a direct vote on policy matters. Without executive Board directors, the opportunity for the senior executive team to forge effective and credible working relationships within the industry is greatly reduced."

He added that he had not resigned because of differences of opinion with the BHB's forceful chairman Peter Savill.

The arguments between Britain's 59 racecourses and the BHB over policy, finances and structure have delayed the BHB restructuring, as has the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into the sport.

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