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Forbes appointed chief executive of Tasracing

13 July 2012

ELIOT FORBES, who practised as a vet in the UK, is the new chief executive of Tasmania's racing authority Tasracing. He takes over from Gary Lottering at the end of the month.

British racing professionals who have visited Dubai will be familiar with Australian-born Forbes, as he served as senior vet and steward for the Emirates Racing Authority until leaving for the role of chief operations officer at Tasracing after the 2010 Dubai World Cup.

Forbes, who has also worked in Macau and Qatar, was appointed to his new post from a list of 18 candidates from all parts of Australia.

In Tasmania he led the project team on a major redevelopment of Devonport racecourse, which including laying a Tapeta synthetic surface.

Forbes said: "The Tasmanian racing industry is facing many challenges, including competition from sports wagering and dramatic changes in customer preferences.

"To be successful our industry needs to be lean and customer-focused, relevant to current and new audiences and have a powerful digital presence, which areas will be a key focus for me in the short to medium-term."

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