Monday 27 February 2017

Long-serving Burke to step down

Leopardstown general manager Tom Burke. Photo: Tom Burke
Leopardstown general manager Tom Burke. Photo: Tom Burke

Tom Burke is to retire as general manager at Leopardstown following the Irish Champion Stakes meeting on September 3 after serving the racing industry for more than 40 years.

Burke joined the Racing Board in 1969 and became part-time Tipperary manager in 1983. He moved to Leopardstown in 1986 and acted as racing manager until 2006 when he became the general manager. He has also had a lengthy spell as part-time manager at Navan.

"I have really enjoyed what will shortly be 42 years working in the horse racing industry," said Burke.

"In that time I have experienced many of racing's most memorable moments and more importantly struck up friendships that I will always cherish."

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive officer of Horse Racing Ireland which owns Leopardstown within its racecourse division, said: "Tom has been one of Irish racing's most dedicated and valued figures.

"He has managed through good and bad times with an air of quiet determination and integrity which has earned him the respect and confidence of all he came in contact with."



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