BRENT Thomson rode his first Group One winner back in Australia yesterday and is now destined for a top Melbourne Cup ride. Thomson, formerly stable jockey in Hong Kong to Brian Kan Ping-chee and then Eddie K. C. Lo, scored on the Lee Freedman-trained Runyon in the $1 million Craiglee Stakes over a mile at Flemington. The Irish import had looked unlucky last time out but made no mistake under Thomson this time when coming home late and strongly for a length win. Thomson was booked last week by Runyon's owners, Segenhoe Stud, who leading member Tony Peterson is a close personal friend. Runyon, now six, is by Sadler's Wells and Freedman has set him for the Melbourne Cup. The imposing individual won the Irish Derby Trial as a three-year-old and was most impressive recently in his first appearance in Australia, a luckless sixth in a 1,400-metre welter at Flemington. He made no mistake yesterday, justifying Freedman's huge opinion of Runyon and believes Thomson's style will suit the horse. It's the first significant move by a trainer to utilise the talents of Thomson, a former leading jockey in Melbourne when linked to the powerful Colin Hayes stable. THE Victoria Racing Club, in a dramatic and momentous move, has announced sweeping changes to the administration of racing in Victoria. The VRC will restructure its role as the controlling body in charge of racing in an effort to bring it a modern and professional position and image. The aim of the plan is to convince the Victorian Government and its premier Jeffrey Kennett, that racing in Victoria is able to run itself and the Totalisator Agency Board - which has been threatened with privatisation. The six committee members of the VRC will be asked to resign - an administrative structure that has existed for 130 years. The VRC committeemen will be asked to make way for invited replacements with business, financial and racing expertise. The move is design to avert any prospect the government will take the control of racing out of the hands of the VRC following recent revelations that the industry is in financial strife and that the TAB also is strapped for extra cash, forcing it to abandon the Delta computer project. The changes will be put to the annual meeting of VRC members on September 20. Already some of the existing committeemen have agreed to stand down. The new body is likely to be made up of senior committeemen of from other race clubs with names like Ric Charlton (Moonee Valley) and Kevin Hayes (Caulfield) thrown up as likely contenders. The committee will be 13, with VRC chairman David Bourke holding his post in charge. The new committee will be in a position to thwart attempts by the government to sell off the TAB and keep it in the control of racing. It also comes in the wake of an announcement this week that Melbourne will build a casino which will be operating within two years. There is no doubt the structure change has been forced on the VRC but the speed of their reply has been a surprise. But Bourke said the gambling environment in Victoria has been significantly changed in recent years with the inclusion of poker machines.