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Tom Goff joins the ROA Board


winning three 2502 July 2019 – Owner, bloodstock agent and syndicate manager Tom Goff will join the Racehorse Owners Association Board after the results of this year’s election were revealed at the association’s Annual General Meeting.
Yvette Dixon retains her place on the Board, with another incumbent, Steven Astaire, filling the third available place on the 12-strong committee.
Tom Goff said: “I am honoured to be elected to the ROA Board at this crucial time. My manifesto was based on the need for a collaborative approach to a range of issues and the pressing need to repair the obvious disconnect between owners and practitioners in Racing and the sport’s regulatory body over a number of issues.”

Yvette Dixon said: “I am delighted to have been re-elected by the ROA membership andI am looking forward to continuingto serve on the ROA Board. We work tirelessly to help all owners and combined with my role as a trustee on the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) board, I will continue to highlight the importance of welfare within the industry, as well as supporting Grassroots racing and all owners.”

Steven Astaire commented: “I am thrilled and grateful that the ROA members have re-elected me to the Board. I have now served them for over 28 years and will continue to work hard on their behalf, especially on developing and improving the raceday experience for all owners alike.”

ROA President Nicholas Cooper said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the three successful candidates. I warmly welcome Tom, who is joining the Board for the first time, while Yvette and Steven will be continuing to make their valuable contributions after being re-elected.

“I would like to thank the other thirteen candidates who stood in this keenly contested election but were unsuccessful on this occasion. I hope that they will consider putting themselves forward again next year”

“I would also like to pay tribute and thank both Alan Pickering and Patricia Pugh who are standing down from the Board this year. Their contributions to the cause of racehorse owners and passionate approach to the range of subjects the Board covers has been outstanding and we are indebted to them for their efforts.”

The election results were announced at the ROA’s Annual General Meeting held in London on Tuesday 2 July.

The finishing order in the election, overseen by Electoral Reform Services, was:

  • Yvette Dixon (526 votes)
  • Tom Goff (438)
  • Steven Astaire (427)
  • David Armstrong
  • Caroline Gregson
  • Dave Arthur
  • Marilyn Martin
  • Simon Caunce
  • Randy Weeks
  • Don Clark
  • Nigel Scandrett
  • Stuart Matheson
  • Mark Craze
  • Norman Carter
  • Walid Marzouk
  • Tony Lousada

For further information, please contact:

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, on 020 7152 0200 or

About the Racehorse Owners Association

The ROA has been promoting the interests of racehorse owners in Great Britain since 1945 and has a membership of over 8,000. It is one of the British Horseracing Authority’s shareholders and is a member of the Horsemen’s Group.

It plays a central role in British racing politics and finance. The ROA has a Board of 12 members, who are elected through ballot amongst all members of the ROA. The current ROA President is Nicholas Cooper. The ROA is funded almost entirely from membership income.

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