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Rob Montgomery appointed Chairman of Stewards

11 August 2023 Written by Racing Victoria

Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced that Rob Montgomery has been appointed as Chairman of Stewards with immediate effect, replacing Robert Cram who retired from the role in July.

Montgomery boasts over 24 years of experience as a Stipendiary Steward and has held the position of Deputy Chairman of Stewards in Victoria for the past 13 years. 

Originally from New Zealand, Rob began his career in racing as an apprentice jockey at aged 15 in the South Island, balancing his riding commitments while completing his high school education. 

Following completion of his apprenticeship he moved to Australia, riding trackwork at Epsom Training Centre for the likes of Jim Moloney and John Hawkes where he was fortunate to ride champion racehorses such as Octagonal and Clay Hero.

Montgomery made the transition from track rider to Track Supervisor at Epsom Training Centre in 1988, a position he held for over a decade before starting his career as a Steward where he was mentored by the likes of Des Gleeson and Terry Sharp. 

Over the past two decades, Montgomery has held various roles within RV’s Integrity Department such as Industry Liaison Manager, Regional Stewards Manager (South-west Region), Chairman of the Jumps Review and Jumps Riders Panels and most recently Deputy Chairman of Stewards. 

RV Executive General Manager – Integrity Services, Jamie Stier, said: “We are delighted to announce the immediate appointment of Rob Montgomery as the Chairman of Stewards and we extend our congratulations to him for his well-deserved selection.

“Rob brings to the table vast experience as a Steward, showcasing an immense wealth of knowledge and a profound understanding of the sport. 

“His ability to foster strong connections with industry participants, along with his skill in leading and developing our stewards panel, further solidifies his suitability for the role.”

In response to his appointment, Montgomery commented, "Taking on the role of Chairman of Stewards at Racing Victoria is a tremendous honour and I’m privileged to lead a stewards panel that embodies remarkable talent and unwavering dedication.

“Robert Cram built an excellent team during his tenure as Chairman which I’m now privileged to lead, and I look forward to upholding and enhancing our steadfast commitment to the integrity of Victorian racing.

“My focus as Chairman will be to continue to upskill and develop our Stewards, support and work with our industry participants and ensure the oversight of safe, fair, clean and competitive racing.”