Week in Rowe-view

‘If you wanted racing to boom, you’d put the best CEOs that they could afford’

If we needed a reminder about how important it is to keep the government onside when it comes to horse racing and gambling, the closure of the sport in Macau and the impending demise of Singapore certainly provides it. Decorated Kiwi trainer Stephen Gray and his wife Bridget, who experienced a “life-changing” 24 years running... Read More

Macau’s racing journey comes to an end

The Macau Jockey Club hosts its final race meeting on Saturday with a 14-race card, providing trainers, jockeys and hundreds of stable staff and administrators, who are facing career oblivion, one last chance to shine at Taipa. It’s almost certain that racing in Macau will end for good, having hosted thoroughbred racing since 1989, its... Read More

Number of factors conspired against HK sale as prices plummet

ong Kong racing all–rounder Apollo Ng suggests there’s no need to jump at shadows after a below par Hong Kong International Sale. A former Chinese language race caller, the media identity and bloodstock agent, among other roles, says a number of factors conspired against the Jockey Club’s 14-lot sale of three-year-olds where prices plummeted and... Read More

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