Wex­ford Sta­bles sold to HK firm

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - By DEN­NIS RYAN

The global na­ture of the mod­ern day thor­ough­bred in­dus­try has been un­der­lined by con­fir­ma­tion this week that New Zealand’s most fa­mous train­ing es­tab­lish­ment, Wex­ford Sta­bles, has been bought by Hong Kong in­ter­ests.

When Dave O’Sul­li­van made the move down Hin­uera Road from his orig­i­nal train­ing base on the north­ern bound­ary of Mata­mata race­course to his newly de­vel­oped prop­erty, he had am­bi­tions but cer­tainly no idea of the heights he would at­tain un­der the Wex­ford ban­ner. Twelve sub­se­quent train­ers’ pre­mier­ships and a raft of ma­jor wins through­out New Zealand and Aus­tralia and as far afield as Ja­pan are tes­ta­ment to his skill-set.

That ex­tended to the next gen­er­a­tion as el­dest son Paul joined the part­ner­ship be­fore tak­ing that form to Hong Kong, and younger brother Lance be­came New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful jockey.

The Wex­ford flag still flies un­der the man­age­ment of Lance and his train­ing part­ner An­drew Scott, but their de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate to the Mata­mata race­course train­ing com­plex opened the way for their for­mer base to change hands.

Fol­low­ing due scru­tiny by the Over­seas In­vest­ment Of­fice, Hong Kong en­tity Fly­ing Class New Zealand has been con­firmed as the new owner of the for­mer Wex­ford prop­erty.

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