Steve Railton will take over the role of Racing NSW Chairman Of Stewards from this week following the departure of current chief steward Marc Van Gestel.
Van Gestel, who is off to Hong Kong, presided over his final meeting on Saturday’s Golden Eagle day at Rosehill.
Railton has been second in charge for almost two years and he will take more than 40 years experience into the role.
Railton commenced his career as a Stipendiary Steward in Queensland before being appointed as Chairman of Stewards in 1995.
In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of Stewards with Racing NSW before accepting a role with the Hong Kong Jockey Club as a Stipendiary Steward and Secretary of the Licensing Committee in 2009, a role he held for 12 years.
In 2021 Steve returned to Sydney where he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of Stewards.
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys reaffirmed his decision to appoint Railton to the top job.
“Steve Railton is regarded as one of the most experienced and proactive Stewards in both Australia and around the world,” V’landys said.
“Racing NSW is fortunate to have a Steward of Steve’s capabilities to accept the role to continue the high level of integrity that Racing NSW provides and is the benchmark for in world racing.”
Deputising Railton will be Tom Moxon, who was named as Deputy Chairman of Stewards.
Moxan is currently a Senior Stipendiary Steward and Operations Manager for the Integrity Department.
He commenced his career in 2003 as a Trainee Stipe before being appointed the Metropolitan Stewards Panel in 2008.
In 2019 Tom was appointed as a Senior Stipendiary Steward and has chaired numerous metropolitan race meetings.
V’landys explained that Moxon is a product of the Racing NSW system and the right man to assist Railton.
“Tom has already proven himself as an excellent Steward, having first commenced as a trainee Steward almost 20 years ago and having excelled in his current role as a Senior Steward,” V’landys said.
“Tom has been able to be mentored by both Marc Van Gestel and Steve Railton and will do an outstanding job.
“Tom will provide Steve with great support and his appointment demonstrates the effectiveness of the Racing NSW trainee Steward program.”
Racing NSW will now look to add some depth to the NSW Steward’s ranks, with roles such as Chief Stipendiary Steward (Western Districts), Chief Stipendiary Steward (Hunter and North West), and Stipendiary Steward (Newcastle) all advertised today.