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3 NZ 3YOs Head To Singapore

Wednesday, 14th September 2005

Singapore-based expatriate Kiwi trainer Stephen Gray recently returned home & purchased 5 NZ-bred horses for his Kranji racing stable (which boasts 40 horses in work, 80% having NZ origins); 3 of the new buys (all 3YOs) have immediately been taken to Singapore to prepare for racing. Gray told NZ Thoroughbred Marketing: "The NZ horse is renowned for its toughness, competitiveness & ability to train-on season after season." Gray moved from the small NZ town of Waverley to Singapore in April 2000 & noted: "There were plenty of initial hurdles to overcome, such as adjusting to the way of life, climate & culture. I also had to change my training methods to suit the Singapore environment. Training in Singapore is a lot different, but it is still common sense as in all parts of the world. It is a lot hotter & a lot more humid; you just have to adjust your methods." Gray is currently 6th on the Singapore trainers' table with 26 wins & added: "If you can make it to the top bracket of trainers in Singapore, there are certainly financial advantages to be had." And he predicts Singapore racing will get stronger, following a recent move by the Government to give taxation relief to the Singapore Turf Club: "The STC now only has to pay tax on profit & not turnovers, which is going to be a very positive outcome for the racing here & should result in increases in stakes & strong growth." Gray said other positive moves in Singapore include allowance of phones on the racecourse & introduction of live televised racing: "Singapore people can now bet on Western Australia & apparently the turnover has increased significantly since this occurred."

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