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Jockey Club boss resigns after evidence of bullying, racism

LONDON -- The Jockey Club's group chief executive resigned Sunday after a review found evidence to support allegations of "bullying behavior" and "inappropriate racist comments."

A review into allegations about Delia Bushell's conduct found it "untenable" for her to stay in the role, the organization's board said. Bushell was one of 19 witnesses interviewed as part of the investigation.

The former BT Sport and Sky executive was given the job a little more than a year ago.

The Jockey Club, which owns a number of high-profile tracks including Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom and Newmarket, said an independent barrister submitted a detailed report to a subcommittee of the board last week.

That committee decided that there was a basis for disciplinary action against Bushell, including on the grounds of gross misconduct.

In a statement to Britain's PA news agency, the Jockey Club said the barrister's report "concluded that there was evidence to support a number of the allegations of misconduct including bullying behavior towards colleagues, inappropriate racist comments and sharing offensive materials."

Nevin Truesdale has been appointed as acting group chief executive, the Jockey Club said.