Week in Rowe-view

The year in Rowe-view

Just when you think there’s a quiet time in racing and breeding and not a lot to talk or write about, lo and behold, something comes at you faster than Chautauqua in a TJ Smith and 2023 has been no exception, the past three months in particular. It sets next year up, starting at the... Read More

Future looking bright for Harron’s team of youngsters

James Harron and his backers don’t have another stallion on their hands just yet, but the partnership’s current cohort of two-year-olds as a group might just be their strongest yet – and certainly since 2019-20 when King’s Legacy (Redoute’s Choice) won two Group 1s as a juvenile. Highness made it three stakes winners for Harron... Read More

The latest in a year of shocks

Just as we were getting over the political barney involving Russell Balding almost having his two-year term on the Racing NSW board rubber stamped, and then withdrawn at the last minute in bizarre circumstances by the party who introduced it, the Australian Turf Club stepped up to deliver one of the shocks of the year.... Read More

‘New Zealand continues to punch above its weight’

In many ways, people view New Zealand as the poor cousin to Australia, hamstrung by sparse human habitation and an even smaller thoroughbred broodmare population, but the country’s equine industry continues to punch above its weight. As last week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale proved, unquestionably the strongest in Australasia this year. Reputation... Read More

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