The Detail: What’s the future of horse racing in NZ?

THE DETAIL/RNZ On The Detail today we look at the Sport of Kings and the drastic – and controversial – reforms needed to rescue it. The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. Horse racing has lost its biggest champion with Winston Peters out of politics but his successor has promised to complete the reforms aimed at reviving the industry. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson has taken over the reins, saying there’s plenty to do in the job. As one of the biggest racing weeks of the year, Cup Week in Canterbury, winds up, The Detail looks at the state of the industry with two key players: broadcaster, horse owner and driver Sheldon Murtha and Sir Peter Vela, former chairman of the thoroughbred auction house, New Zealand Bloodstock and owner of Pencarrow Stud in Waikato. Murtha says a dedicated racing minister is not needed and the government should not inject more money into the industry, after the emergency package of $72.5 million dollars. READ MORE:Racing industry desperate to put Winston Peters back into GovernmentElection 2020: Winston Peters,… Read full this story

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