Wexford Stables sold to HK firm
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.