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Messara Defends Darley Plan As "Winner For Aust"

Friday, 18th December 2009

Following yesterday's controversial declaration by columnist Ken Callander in The Daily Telegraph that last week's announcement by Darley that 9 of its top Australian horses are being sent to Dubai (to do their future racing there & in Europe) is "raping our top-class horses for the pleasure of the sheiks on the other side of the world", Arrowfield Stud boss John Messara released a statement declaring: "The decision by Darley Australia to send 9 of their 400-plus racing team to Dubai & Europe is a boon for the Australian racing industry. It is the performance of Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Choisir, Starcraft & the like which has lifted the standing of our Australian industry from a backwater to a respected player on the international scene. Sheikh Mohammed's decision to send these 9 horses to compete internationally can only enhance Australia's profile. We need more of it. It is only by looking outwardly & being creative that our industry can continue to grow. Of note, all of the 9 horses selected have remained in Australia until the end of their Classic year." Messara added: "Let's have an open racing economy here & provide an internationally competitive racing model where horses come in & go out to compete; our industry will only thrive as a result. A passionate industry supporter, Sheikh Mohammed has always put in more than he takes out wherever he becomes involved & we are fortunate that he has chosen to develop a base in this country, where he is already a major investor, owner, employer & sponsor." (Jun 16)

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