Who will be the new RA CEO?

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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #780741 by Over the Air
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Larry got pushed and now the RA board have to choose a new leader. Having a look at the factions within the board, I would have a guess at two clear favourites.

1. Clyde Basel - Surplus to requirements at Phumelela and to be brutal, on a salary package way above what his fellow commentators are on. Judging by those very average calls on Met Day I think he would be well advised to look at other alternates. The rumour mill has it that Scott is not his biggest admirer. Previous loyal servant to Jooste and van Niekerk when heading up the RA. Has big Larrys stamp of approval and that will assist. Will follow the surplus to requirement at Phumelela route forced on Moodley when he joined the NHA if he lands the position.

2. Colin Gordon - a more palatable choice that does not wear the stench of the Jooste squirrel as does Basel. Also a previous RA head boy who is popular with the majority of the rank and file. His time at the NHA would stand him in good stead among some of the board and this could prove crucial. Has a more comprehensive CV both in terms of education and racing than Basel. Currently in need of employment since the untimely death of Chris Gerber. My stand out for the job.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #780743 by Muhtiman
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.....Colin Gordon a shoe in by a country mile.....no one from left field stands a chance ......:unsure:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780745 by Over the Air
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Muhtiman wrote: .....Colin Gordon a shoe in by a country mile.....no one from left field stands a chance ......:unsure:


No one applying stands a chance that's for sure. You may be right Muhti it all depends how aligned the old guard are and whether King Rat has a vote or not

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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #780746 by Dave Scott
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Both good racing background, very knowledgeable and pleasant personalities.

Sure it will be a big job to increase the RA membership and get racing on an upward swing again.

May the best man win and get plenty support going forward.

Is there other candidates?
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7 months 2 weeks ago #780747 by Muhtiman
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......maybe John Stuart can call up his old ex-Singapore drinking buddy Kieth Dye like he did to take the CEO job at the TBA back in the day.....only for him to chicken out after given the job and join Phumelela instead....funny thing.....Kieth after leaving Phumelela does not list this job on his Linkedin profile.....and we see why racing is in the shit with this jobs for pals and close family.....best that they take untainted Colin before Phum finds them an alternative.....:dry:

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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #780750 by Bob Brogan
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You have let yourself down OTA

This thread would have been great without the negative and personal comments about Clyde.

Anyway Clyde should probably have never left the RA in the first place and knows this job back to front.

If he applies he would be big favourite and get my vote ( I’ve not got one )

Built in compare, knows the marketing side back to front... It’s a no-brainer

Craig Gordon also seems a good man

Charles Savage? Probably too busy and been a bit quiet since joining board

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780752 by Muhtiman
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.....since when did Basel emerge as the holy cow....if he gets in above Gordon then there are still dark forces at play.....Clyde aint no saint....his move from the RA to Phum was under a cloud......Charles Savage has a highly successful investment company.....and unlike Larry back in the day does not need a paying job....how can the baton be passed back and forth between the last of the Jooste cohorts.....:whistle:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780753 by Over the Air
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Bob like everything else in the politics that exists in SA horseracing, it depends upon which side of the fence you sit.

My opinion is that anyone with any affiliation to Jooste should not be considered for the job. The RA needs to be used as a counter to Phumelela and the last thing we need is another yes man in the CEO position. The new guy also needs to have a skills set in the business environment to maximise opportunities for owners, not to be another Phumelela lackey like Larry.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780754 by Bob Brogan
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Muhtiman wrote: .....since when did Basel emerge as the holy cow....if he gets in above Gordon then there are still dark forces at play.....Clyde aint no saint....his move from the RA to Phum was under a cloud......Charles Savage has a highly successful investment company.....and unlike Larry back in the day does not need a paying job....how can the baton be passed back and forth between the last of the Jooste cohorts.....:whistle:


Has Gordon applied?

You guys seem to be championing him? Something you know that we don`t?

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780755 by Bob Brogan
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Over the Air wrote: Bob like everything else in the politics that exists in SA horseracing, it depends upon which side of the fence you sit.

My opinion is that anyone with any affiliation to Jooste should not be considered for the job. The RA needs to be used as a counter to Phumelela and the last thing we need is another yes man in the CEO position. The new guy also needs to have a skills set in the business environment to maximise opportunities for owners, not to be another Phumelela lackey like Larry.

I am unapologetic for my views.


Not complaining about the thread mate, just the personal comments

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780757 by Muhtiman
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.....have not seen the position advertised yet but have not been really looking for it either....but have heard that certain people have been approached ......:whistle:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780767 by Mac
In the days of yore and before corporatisation all these types of positions including commentators were on a voluntary basis.


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7 months 2 weeks ago #780768 by Urbanite
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You can bet your bottom dollar that Clyde Basel is the appointed one. He has support from Wainstein and probably Phumelela, making sure the incestuous RA/Phumelela relationship will be maintained.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780769 by Over the Air
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Bob Brogan wrote:
Has Gordon applied?

You guys seem to be championing him? Something you know that we don`t?


Pure speculation Bob as was made very clear in my opening post.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780770 by Over the Air
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Urbanite wrote: You can bet your bottom dollar that Clyde Basel is the appointed one. He has support from Wainstein and probably Phumelela, making sure the incestuous RA/Phumelela relationship will be maintained.


Agreed, however looking at the RA board it seems apparent that at last there seems to be a significant split between some of the newbies and Larrys sheep. I'm hoping that the new lot don't slack off and a proper untainted individual is appointed that will oppose some of Phumelelas actions that are not in owners interests,

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780771 by Muhtiman
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Urbanite wrote: You can bet your bottom dollar that Clyde Basel is the appointed one. He has support from Wainstein and probably Phumelela, making sure the incestuous RA/Phumelela relationship will be maintained.


.....rather chilling that the ex-RA CEO still has that type of influence.....:sick:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780774 by Bob Brogan
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Not sure if even possible

But hearing talk of The RA & NHRA under one umbrella

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780775 by Over the Air
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Bob Brogan wrote: Not sure if even possible

But hearing talk of The RA & NHRA under one umbrella


Perhaps an alliance ie. every NHA colour holder automatically becomes an RA member if not racing in KZN.

NHA is a regulatory body, they cannot be under the same umbrella for obvious reasons.

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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #780785 by Muhtiman
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.....I dont believe the RA needs a CEO position......a Racing Manager at a 3rd of the cost should suffice.....get back to basics with a neutral untainted diplomatic individual hungry for getting the RA back into shape......:huh:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #780792 by Bob Brogan
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Of course they need a CEO

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