GLEN Canty has been announced as the new General Manager of Racing for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).
Canty has more than 10 years’ experience in the banking industry in Australia and overseas and has spent the past 15 years in executive positions at both Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) and the Melbourne Racing Club.
Canty’s qualifications also include a Bachelor of Business and two Masters degrees.
Canty is said he is looking forward to the challenge and wants to see the harness industry grow from strength to strength.
“Most exciting for me is that whether the trots are regarded as a business, or a hobby, in both cases it is a passion. If we can harness that passion then this sport will thrive,” Canty said.
Canty has a background in the industry, with his family having owned trotters when he was a child.
“This is somewhat of a homecoming,” Canty said.
“My childhood was spent at the trots. Dad bought his first horse with family members in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and early 1980s that we had any real success.
“Mister Music had six wins at the Showgrounds among 16 overall, while Dunsinane won the Stawell Cup amid 18 career wins.”
The CEO of HRV David Martin welcomed Canty on board and noted that his racing and business background will put him in good stead to manage the racing functions of HRV.
“Glen’s intimate knowledge of the Victorian racing landscape and the complexities our industry faces will certainly assist him in this role,” Martin said.
“I am very happy to welcome him to the team and I know he is looking forward to getting started.”
Canty will commence his position on July 17.
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