Friday 22 March, 2019

Denzil Miller’s position as racing secretary made redundant

Denzil Miller (right) conducting racing secretary duties at Caymanas Park.

Denzil Miller (right) conducting racing secretary duties at Caymanas Park.

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) has parted ways with longstanding racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jnr.

Miller was told on Monday morning that his position has been made redundant.

It is understood that SVREL chairman, Michael Bernard, said the move was part of the company’s restructuring plans.

Miller, who has been the racing secretary for more than 25 years, has worked in various capacities in racing, including as clerk of the course, handicapper and chairman of the programmes committee.

Over the period he has held the racing secretary position despite the many ownership changes that the horse racing promotion company has gone through.

Supreme Ventures Limited, a gambling entity, was granted the sole promoter's licence by the Government, and took charge of the operations early last year.

Miller kept the position of racing secretary there until Monday morning.

Meanwhile, another longstanding figure in the horse racing industry, Chris Armond, who is the director of racing, and former chairman of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), Anthony Shoucair, are expected to start sharing the major duties at the racing office. Shoucair only joined the SVREL team in January as general manager for racing operations.

With the indication that the post of racing secretary has been made redundant, it is unclear whether assistant racing secretary, Paul Roman, will be called upon to fill the void left by Miller’s departure.

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