"Horse racing, the gentleman's sport will be restored to its former glory with the formation of the Royal Turf Club’, promised Wayne Wood, inaugural Chief Executive Ofﬁcer and Chairman of Stipendiary Stewards of the RTC, addressing the packed media brieﬁng, held to officially launch the RTC.
Mr Woods was vehement in his affirmation of the fact that the manipulation of horse racing rules and misconduct on the race course, where doping of horses and other unethical practices held sway, were now a thing of the past.
Speaking on what sanctions would be imposed on anyone violating the drug control programme in Sri Lanka with regard to the sport, Mr. Woods said "the drug control programme will be on the same lines of the Asian Racing Federation which is also operating in New Zealand, Australia, India, Japan and other parts of the world."
Mr. Sinclair Marshall who takes up the position of Thoroughbred Riding instructor and Stipendiary Steward of the RTC, said he was delighted to be in Sri Lanka and be part of the team responsible for establishing Sri Lanka as a regional hub for horse racing. Mr Marshall has ridden 8 Derby winners, while he was Champion Jockey on several occasions in the Bombay, Pune, Madras and Mysore Turf Clubs.