Trouble at the Track
By Linda
The horseracing press is reporting that Trevor Beaumont has resigned as racing director of the British Horseracing Board a year after taking up his post.

He denied that he had resigned because of differences of opinion with the BHB's chairman Peter Savill who has been accused of being ‘greedy’ and a ‘tyrant’ by some sections of the press.

The BHB recently clashed with Britain's 59 racecourses over the former’s attempts to increase costs for racecards. The BHB has also had to contend with the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into the sport.

However, Beaumont says he is resigning because of the delay in restructuring the board. He stressed that the British racing industry would be wrong to use his departure to 'undermine' BHB Chairman Peter Savill.

'When I accepted the position of racing director of the BHB, having been the managing director of Coral Eurobet and a main board director of Coral for eight years, I did so in the expectation that the BHB board restructure would have been complete by mid-2002, reducing sectional interests, adding additional independent directors and, most importantly, elevating a number of executive directors to the board,' Beaumont said.

'I therefore feel it is necessary to state that there are absolutely no issues between myself and Peter. My decision to resign would have been the same whoever the chairman,' Beaumont said.

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