The Melbourne Racing Club held a special general meeting on the weekend, passing rules allowing the terms of the chairman, vice-chairman and treasurer to be extended from a six-year maximum to 12 years, with the rule passing by just 44 votes of about 2500 members. A tipster tells us the move was very controversial.

According to the Herald Sun, the meeting was the second time the motion had been voted on, as members felt that they hadn’t been given enough notice at a previous meeting in April. Our tipster tells us that the highlight of the meeting was when “an irate member questioned why CEO Brodie Arnhold was even at the meeting and currently employed given he had ‘besmirched the reputation of our club'”. The alleged besmirchment refers to reports that Arnhold shouted “we’ll fix that” at a dinner hosted by suspended horse trainer Peter Moody at a dinner last month, where Moody made comments about not working under current Chief Steward of racing Terry Bailey and Head of Integrity Dayle Brown. Armhold denied the allegation to The Age.

Our tipster says: “Stand by for some turbulence at Caulfield.”

Peter Fray

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