Racing Victoria's Leigh Jordon Says European Trainers Are Looking To Set Up In Australia
Racing Victoria Int'l Recruitment Officer Leigh Jordon said that leading European stables "are investigating establishing satellite stables" in either Victoria or New South Wales, according to Patrick Bartley of THE AGE. Jordon said that "a number of young trainers had expressed interest in establishing businesses in Australia because of the increasing demand for staying horses and the appealing prizemoney." Jordon said, "Australia has now become one of the biggest importers of staying-bred horses in the world and some of the trainers, especially the younger ones, can see the benefits of Australian racing. They have asked about the facilities that are on offer and they seemed genuinely keen to have a presence here in Australia. Up until five years ago Hong Kong was far and away the biggest importer of horses from around the world but Australia has quickly become the next popular marketplace for European horses" (THE AGE, 8/6).