Week in Rowe-view

Donovan’s lifelong ambition fulfilled

The thoroughbred marketplace – the breeders, owners, agents and trainers – can often make brutal judgement calls on horses, particularly the merits of a stallion, based on a small sample size and in the absence of compelling evidence pointing to either their success or otherwise.  We see it at the weanling sales and, more so,... Read More

Nature Strip wows at Ascot

Nature Strip, simply wow. What more can you say? The horse has the talent, but trainer Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald’s management of the sprinter has been superb.  He looked as well as he ever has in the mounting yard (watching from my loungeroom). Waller’s meticulousness is what sets him apart. Even with hundreds... Read More

June 10

The Queensland government on Monday announced significant changes to its wagering taxation structure, putting all betting operators “on a level playing field”, meaning Tabcorp will pay the same figure per dollar bet as its online competitors. The demerged Tab, however, retains its retail exclusivity until 2044 and it has agreed to pay $150 million to... Read More

March 18: Don’t be late for David Chester

Many commercial breeders are cashed up after continued record yearling sales and the majority of pinhookers have been so far well-rewarded in the rising market in 2022. With that in mind, how many breeders will choose to hold onto more of their foals for the yearling sales who normally would take drafts to the Magic... Read More

Tim Rowe Column

Brae Sokolski and Ozzie Kheir are certainly generous.  The prominent Melbourne-based owners – who have the likes of Group 1 winners Verry Elleegant, Incentivise and Hitotsu in their “stable of stars” – have given away shares in two of their most valuable fillies, Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and Golden Slipper hopeful Coolangatta and three-year-old... Read More


Sam Hayes has stepped away from the day-to-day running of the family’s Cornerstone Stud in South Australia to focus on the establishment of a real estate agency but, fear not, the famous racing name is as committed as ever to the thoroughbred industry. Last week, Hayes informed clients that he would move into an executive... Read More