NSW and Victoria stage turf war in Australian racing

Australian horse racing
Australian horse racing

Australian racing is in the midst of one of the biggest changes in its long history as the nation’s two biggest states – New South Wales and Victoria – wage what the media have dubbed a “turf war” and behind which lies two different approaches to the business of betting. In one corner is Racing NSW, led by its single-minded chief executive Peter V’Landys, riding high on advantageous funding and determined to steer the country’s best horses to Sydney and away from Melbourne with a series of brand new, big-money races. In the other corner, Victoria, boasting history and the spring carnival, an enormous money-spinner where the attention of the country’s betting public turns to Melbourne. Most mainstream media attention has been on V’Landys’ new race creations like the A$14 million Everest and A$7.5 million Golden Eagle – among a raft of new events worth more than A$45 million that stretch across...

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