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GREG PEARSON has left the BHA's team of handicappers to become a stipendiary steward

21 January 2013

GREG PEARSON has left the BHA's team of handicappers to become a stipendiary steward.

Australian-born Pearson, who has been with the BHA since 2009, has plenty of experience in his new role, having started as a trainee steward for Racing New South Wales. He worked for them for 11 years until 2008, the last five as a handicapper and the last three in the senior post.

Pearson, 33, said: "I started with the stewards panel on Tuesday. I have experience in the field. I did the best part of six and a half years as a stipe in Australia so I'm back to where it all started.

"The opportunity presented itself in November to apply for the position. It's something I've always wanted to get back into, and thoroughly enjoy.

"I think there are only five or six tracks I haven't been to in the country yet. I love travelling and will go wherever they want me to go."

Pearson's new role was created as part of the BHA's internal review and business restructure, and his position on the handicapping team will not be filled as part of the same process.

However, Pearson will continue to do some work in that sphere for the time being, adding: "I still look after every Listed and Group race that's run in Australia for the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings and am going to continue doing that on an interim basis, just to see how it goes, for the next three months."

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