Week in Rowe-view

Meeting set to decide Goulburn’s future

On the Goulburn Race Club website it says its freehold racecourse and facilities allows it to be “in charge of its own destiny and has no constraints”. The relocation of the Goulburn racecourse, from Braidwood Road to Taralga Road, was funded in the mid-1990s by the then Fahey state Liberal government and the new course... Read More

‘You’ve always got to be grateful to owners for putting money into the game’

Even the uber wealthy racehorse owners of Hong Kong are feeling the pinch when it comes to the cost of paying for their prized racecourse stars. It’s well-documented that the horse population in Hong Kong is below the numbers desired by the Jockey Club as the difficulty of sourcing suitable horses at a reasonable price,... Read More

Thoroughbred Breeders NSW oppose appointment of Greene

“I regret the Romans for giving us the phrase ‘status quo’ because it is a perverse phrase at this current time in this industry,” Thoroughbred Breeders NSW president Hamish Esplin told us on Wednesday when outlining the state’s breeding body’s understandable disapproval and clear opposition to the appointment of former Labor Racing Minister Kevin Greene... Read More

How will Nine get a mass audience of casual fans and punters?

Channel Nine had been in the box seat to secure the Melbourne Cup Carnival free-to-air television broadcast rights for some time but this week the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Tabcorp made it official by announcing a six-year deal. With Channel Ten’s $100 million five-year deal expiring after the four days of Flemington last November,... Read More

Culham recovering after scare

Popular Magic Millions bloodstock consultant Ben Culham is recovering at home on the Gold Coast after a frightening incident that left him seriously injured about a fortnight ago. How, where and why the roadside incident occurred, which left him with head injuries, and who was responsible for it remains a mystery, but it’s one that... Read More

“In time we’d like to think we’ll enter into the stallion game”

Ridgmont Farm’s Cunningham family are among the biggest financial beneficiaries of the sale of boom Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m)-winning colt Storm Boy (Justify) to Coolmore. It’s a deal, which was finally confirmed on Wednesday, that could value the two-year-old at more than $50 million – and possibly $62.5 million – if he continues... Read More