Slattery Post Draws Wide Interest; Historic Swan Song on Callaghan Park Turf Derailed by Work Delays

The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia), July 16, 2009 | Go to article overview

Slattery Post Draws Wide Interest; Historic Swan Song on Callaghan Park Turf Derailed by Work Delays


Byline: Tony McMahon

RACING: As Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) executive-manager Bruce Slattery prepares to oversee his final race meeting on the current turf track at Callaghan Park racecourse today, widespread interest has followed his impending retirement.

The eight-race TAB program today was originally intended to be run on the new dual-purpose sand training track, but work is behind schedule on the project so the race card was transferred to the extended or outer Callaghan Park track.

RJC curator Richard Harris believes that the next scheduled Callaghan Park meeting for Tuesday, July 28, will be run on the new sand circuit as is advertised.

Slattery's position was advertised last month and, according to RJC chairman Justin Doyle, some 29 genuine inquires were received for the job.

"In all we have received 20 written applications for the position for which applications have now closed. Applicants have sourced the job from as far afield as Hong Kong and New Zealand. As well, applications have been fielded from every state in Australia. These are in the form of both male and female," an enthusiastic Doyle said.

He said the RJC committee would short-list the applicants at its next meeting on July 23 and then advice would be forwarded to those in contention.

Doyle said that while Slattery was due to finish duties at the end of September, ideally he might be asked to stay on for a short period to assist the new CEO in the early stages of his appointment. …

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