Liquor and Gaming NSW

Racing Minister congratulates ATC retirees

Issued: Thursday 28 November, 2013

Minister for Racing, George Souris, has congratulated two stalwarts of the NSW thoroughbred racing world – Australian Turf Club (ATC) Chairman John Cornish and director Alan Osburg – who have both announced their retirement.

"The contributions of both men have been invaluable to the racing industry in NSW and their input, dedication and expertise will be greatly missed," Mr Souris said.

"John in his time as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Turf Club has given his heart and soul to the ATC and the racing industry.

"His leadership following the amalgamation of the Australian Jockey Club and Sydney Turf Club, and then through the construction phase of the new the racecourse facilities, has been immeasurable.

"He has set up the ATC, with the successful completion of the $150m grandstand at Royal Randwick, with a vision for a long term sustainable future as the principal metropolitan thoroughbred race club in NSW. As a fitting legacy, the invigorated 2014 Autumn Carnival, will position the ATC and NSW racing as one of the pre-eminent carnivals of the world.

"I wish John all the best for the future and I am he will continue to remain active in racing, as it is in his blood.

"I would also like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of retiring ATC director Alan Osburg, who, like John Cornish, will also step down from the board in February.

"Alan joined the ATC board on the same day as John Cornish and helped oversee the many innovations in the NSW racing scene. I wish Alan all the best in his future endeavours."