Week in Rowe-view

Is bigger better?

Magic Millions recently announced it had gone with a larger catalogue of 1,468 horses for next year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale and, contrary to some participants’ opinions after the 2023 sale, it is understood that New Zealand Bloodstock will also offer a bigger catalogue of horses at its 2024 sale at Karaka. As always, there... Read More

‘There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done’

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealin’s done So sang Kenny Rogers in his 1978 hit The Gambler and... Read More

We were told

There’s a clip of Mark Shean calling Pierro’s 2012 Golden Slipper win – “Gai told us months ago” – that is etched into my memory and anyone else who has been watching racing TV and stallion ads. Saturday’s Coolmore Stud Stakes gave me cause to remember that call because Scott Darby also told us that... Read More

Weak Aussie dollar provides potential value for overseas buyers

The Australian dollar as of late yesterday was buying just short of US$0.64 (cents), the lowest for 20 years. The average annualised exchange rate between the AUD-US dollar was US$0.65 (cents) in 2003 and US$0.54 (cents) the year before that. The weak Aussie dollar isn’t ideal for those people involved in importing goods or those... Read More

A proud man who should be known for his philanthropy as much as his racehorses

Popular US-based agent Marie Yoshida remembers her long-time friend and client, prominent Hong Kong owner Howard Liang, as a proud Chinese man who should be known for his philanthropy as much as the numerous high-class racehorses who sported his yellow and red silks. Educational investor Liang died in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a long... Read More

Industry chiefs meet federal parliamentarians of all persuasions

The importance of Australia’s thoroughbred industry leaders meeting with federal parliamentarians of all persuasions in Canberra this week cannot be understated. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), led by Tom Reilly, and breeding industry figures from around the country were at Parliament House for the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers event, held for the first time since... Read More