THE Macau Jockey Club (MJC) have belatedly announced the appointment of former Australian Jockey Club secretary-general Ray Alexander as chief executive of the organisation. The news first broke last November and was then announced in Australian newspapers early last month but the MJC have stayed silent on the matter. The 56-year-old Alexander comes to Taipa with impressive credentials but with a massive task ahead of him. The MJC continues to lose money, has problems with illegal bookmakers and has lost a senior racing official in Michael Fenton. Also, their chief stipendiary steward, New Zealander Les Muirhead, died earlier this week after a heart operation. Alexander is understood to be arriving in Hongkong on Sunday and will remain in the territory for four or five days before officially taking over his new appointment on February 1. The present chief executive, former Hongkong amateur jockey Edmond Wong Ming-nan, will join the board of directors of the struggling club, also on February 1. He will become executive director. But Alexander, who is widely known and well regarded in Australasian and Asian racing circles, will have control of the day-to-day running of the club.