The Australian Trainers' Association Federal Executive and Management are deeply saddened by the passing of highly respected racing administrator and successful racehorse owner, Andrew Ramsden.
Andrew made an enormous contribution at the Victoria Racing Club, joining the VRC Committee in 1983 and holding various roles until his appointment of Chairman in 1998, filling that roll until 2003. During this time, Andrew played a pivotal role in the establishment of Racing Victoria Limited, a challenging period for thoroughbred racing in Victoria.
Upon his retirement from the VRC, he then took up the reins as Chairman of the Australian Racing Board.
As a racehorse owner, remarkably, he won two Melbourne Cups with GURNER'S LANE in 1982 and BREW in 2000, four Caulfield Cups and countless other winners around Australia.
Andrew’s passion for the racing industry and particularly staying races was fittingly acknowledged when the time honoured Duke of Norfolk Stakes, the only other 3200 metre race at Flemington other than the Melbourne Cup, was renamed the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, a race which he won when NIWOT saluted in 2011.
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Andrew’s wife, Anne, son, Michael, daughters, Jenny and Rebecca along with his many friends and colleagues in racing.