Greg Carpenter quits Racing Victoria to take up Hong Kong Jockey Club job

Greg Carpenter has become the second high profile Racing Victoria executive to announce his resignation after deciding to take up a job at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.Racing Victoria’s top racing executive Greg Carpenter will quit Australian racing to take a senior post at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.Carpenter will be the second high-profile member of the RV management team to depart after chief executive Giles Thompson announced he would quit his post on June 30.Carpenter will compile a final set of Caulfield and Melbourne Cup weights before finishing his 17-year tenure with RV on September 22.Carpenter previously worked in Asia with the Malayan Racing Association from 1995 to 2000 during a 40-year career that started in PerthCarpenter started with RV as the organisation’s chief handicapper before becoming the Executive General Manager – Racing in 2011.Carpenter played a key role in the introduction of the $5m All-Star Mile, the expansion of night and twilight racing and the significant growth in wagering on Victorian racing.Carpenter has also represented Australia on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Committee since 2005 and chaired the Australasian Classifications Committee.Carpenter has also served as the Chairman of the Australian Racing Museum.“The time has come to take on the next challenge in my professional career and that is with the Hong Kong Jockey Club who are recognised globally as a world leader in our sport,” Carpenter said. “In doing so, I will continue to closely follow Victorian and Australian racing with great interest.”Thompson paid tribute to Carpenter’s efforts on Tuesday.“It has been a privilege to work alongside Greg during my time at Racing Victoria, as it has been for so many,” Thompson said.“His knowledge and passion for the sport is unmatched and we have been blessed to have him part of our team for more than 17 years.“The role of Chief Handicapper is not often one that draws great applause, but in discharging his duties and leading a talented panel of handicappers Greg has earned the respect of all within Victorian racing and indeed in racing jurisdictions across the globe.“While the organisation is saddened to lose such a highly respected and valued leader, we are incredibly thankful for the service that Greg has given to Victorian racing.”Racing Victoria will immediately begin a local and international search for Carpenter’s replacement.Originally published as Greg Carpenter quits Racing Victoria to take up Hong Kong Jockey Club job