Rarely has racing had a bigger week in the political sphere with Racing Victoria getting a new chairman in Rob Roulston and Racing Minister Denis Napthine taking over from Ted Baillieu as Liberal leader and Premier.
Napthine was widely regarded by the industry as the best racing minister for a while, so all concerned are hoping he can somehow manage to juggle both portfolios, at least in the short term.
Certainly Roulston is hoping that Napthine will ''make sure he can keep the racing portfolio''.
''What made him so good was his knowledge, understanding and interest,'' Roulston said. ''He is a vet by profession and he knows and loves horses, he loves being at the races and he understands how the industry works, how it is both an industry and a sport. He's been very good to us financially, helping us to develop infrastructure at big and small tracks throughout the state.''
A constant stream of information would flow from Napthine's office on sundry racing topics and if he deemed an occasion was important enough or the sport could be promoted by the minister's presence he would be in attendance.