Week in Rowe-view

Willie Leung calls for increased diversity in Hong Kong racing

Prominent agent Willie Leung has called for more diversity in the Hong Kong trainers and jockeys’ roster, a move which would provide more choice for owners and lessen the stranglehold at the top of the respective premierships. The Magus Equine principal, who acted for five Hong Kong trainers at Tuesday’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale, also urged... Read More

Who is next in the Godolphin hot seat?

As far as human resource power plays go in the bloodstock industry, Vin Cox joining Yulong was arguably as big as it gets in this part of the world. The head of Godolphin Australia for the past six years, Cox will officially depart the ‘blue army’ on December 1 with Yulong’s bottle green his new... Read More

Clements depature an example of current situation in Singapore

Last Sunday afternoon, this columnist received an unexpected email from a public relations firm with a statement on behalf of the Singapore Turf Club about the departure of Kranji’s champion trainer Michael Clements. Clements, fed up with the inaction of the Turf Club and carrying the weight of his peers on his shoulders with the... Read More

The Everest World Pool betting not as rewarding as first may seem

Rob Crabtree is sure glad he kept “a fetlock” in promising colt Scampi, a first crop son of Darley shuttler Blue Point from his stakes-performed Sistonic, herself a three-quarter sister to Black Caviar. The Dorrington Farm breeder sold the colt for $750,000 at the Magic Millions in January to trainer Ciaron Maher and it’s the... Read More

Horsetrader coming to an audio book near you

Horsetrader: Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings, is coming to an audio platform. First published in 1993 by authors Patrick and Nick Robinson (no relation), the book details the fascinating rise of Sangster, Coolmore’s John Magnier and Vincent O’Brien and how they drove the commercialisation of thoroughbred racing and... Read More

Racing Victoria shelve innovations, unsurprisingly

So, Racing Victoria has shelved its “Drive To Survive” mics-on-jockeys and trainer teams idea for at least 12 months, after a board meeting earlier this week. Not surprising, particularly after RV chief executive Andrew Jones’ series of car crash interviews last week on racing media – Racing.com, SENTrack and RSN – where in particular he... Read More