Jim Fleming, a former chairman of the Sydney Turf Club and an influential Australian owner-breeder, died on Saturday after a short illness. He was 75. 

Fleming, a food-chain entrepreneur, was instrumental in elevating the prestige of the Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) during his tenure as chairman of the Sydney Turf Club, where he served on the board of directors from 1978 to 1992.  He also served as chairman between 1983, and retired in 1992. Fleming was also the chairman of Aushorse, a company whose main focus was developing foreign markets for the Australian-bred Thoroughbred.

According to The Australian News, Sydney Turf Club chief executive Michael Kenney lauded Fleming as a “doer and a visionary.” 

An active Thoroughbred breeder, Fleming kept a band of 40 broodmares at his Tyreel Stud in Richmond, NSW, which he purchased in 1986.

Fleming is survived by his wife of 15 years Angela, and three sons-Lee, Dean, and Paul

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