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New Executive appointed to BRC
30 Jun 2017 | Brisbane Racing Club 

The Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) has appointed Matt Rudolph to a new position of General Manager, Racing.

BRC Chairman Neville Bell said Mr Rudolph would bring to the Club a high-quality resume, including work at the Australian Turf Club that prepared him well for the dynamic Master Plan that will transform racing in Brisbane.

Mr Rudolph’s responsibilities will include all things related to the BRC’s racing stakeholders, such as the racing program, tracks and training facilities.

“Matt Rudolph is an excellent addition to the racing knowledge of the BRC and his presence will continue the BRC’s development into one of the strongest racing clubs in the country,” Mr Bell said.

“This is a time of immense growth for the BRC with our Master Plan and Matt joins us with experience that is rare among racing executives. He played a critical role in the launch of The Championships at the Australian Turf Club and in keeping Sydney racing moving while a new grandstand was constructed at Randwick. Most recently he has been critical to the success of Inglis’ new Chairman’s Sale which was an instant success in Sydney.

“We have been looking at this new position for about 12 months. We decided that Matt was ideal for this position. He’s a Queenslander and he has outstanding experience.”

Mr Bell said Mr Rudolph’s experience at the ATC, where he was Executive General Manager, Racing and Development, included involvement in:

The branding and launch of the “The Championships” at Royal Randwick and the recruitment of international runners
The reinvigoration of the Sydney Spring Carnival, resulting in increased ticket sales, revenue and profit for the ATC
Implementation of a contingency plan during construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand at Randwick for the 200 ATC race meetings held during the closure of Randwick and the daily training of 600 horses at Randwick
Introduction of a consistent model for stabling and track costs across all venues – including 1700 horses in daily training – during the ATC Merger Integration plan

Mr Rudolph said: “My love for racing began as a child at Doomben and Eagle Farm so it’s very meaningful to me to return. My parents were regular racegoers as owners and breeders and all three of my brothers have worked in racing here.

“I’ve been fortunate to work across all disciplines of the industry for world-class organisations – other than the ATC, Widden and Inglis have been very instrumental and supportive of my professional development. 

“I’m excited at the prospect of working for the BRC and its stakeholders, particularly with all of the work that has been done with the Master Plan.”

Mr Bell said the BRC had considered a recent matter in which Mr Rudolph was penalised by Racing NSW.

“Matt’s referees were of the highest calibre – former Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy, former ATC Chairman John Cornish, and chairman of the Australian and Queensland Breeders’ Association Basil Nolan spoke to us of Matt’s considerable abilities. Matt is welcome back into the Australian racing industry and we’re fortunate to have him at the BRC,” Mr Bell said.
Ray Murrihy told the BRC: “Matt Rudolph is a young man who will bring enthusiasm and vision to the BRC and Queensland racing.”

Basil Nolan said: “I could not speak highly enough of Matt Rudolph. I have known him all his life and knew his parents well. He has an excellent work ethic and second-to-none knowledge of the thoroughbred industry. He has skills across all aspects of the racing industry.”

Mr Rudolph will start with the BRC on September 19, working alongside Queensland racing legend Bart Sinclair who is the BRC’s Racing Manager.

“We have been fortunate to have the expertise of Bart Sinclair in a part-time capacity for the last three years. Bart has done outstanding work and he will continue with us as Racing Manager. We’re at the stage where we need full-time assistance in this role and Bart would prefer to continue in his part-time role, which we completely understand,” Mr Bell said.

“So, we’ve been fortunate that Matt can fill this role. It’s a coup for the BRC and we’re very much looking forward to Matt joining us.”

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