Luca Cumani will replace Rupert Arnold as the horsemen member nominated director on the British Horseracing Authority board.
A hugely successful trainer for 43 years, Cumani retired in 2018 – having won the Derby twice, with Khayasi in 1988 and High-Rise 10 years later, among many other big-race successes.
He was nominated by several bodies, including the Racehorse Owners Association and the National Trainers Federation, and replaces NTF chief executive Arnold.
BHA chair Annamarie Phelps said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Luca to the BHA board. His legendary status as a successful trainer, and the experiences that has brought him, will be a huge asset to the organisation.”
Cumani said: “I am very flattered and excited to have been asked to join the BHA board as a member nominated director. I am very much looking forward to working with Annamarie and all the board members on the many and varied challenges that our great industry is and will be facing.
“I will endeavour to put my 40-plus years of practical experience gained both in the UK and on many racing jurisdictions around the world to good use. Rupert has done a great job over the past four years, and I am sure he will continue to be an invaluable source of advice and support to me.”