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OTI Gazette | Issue 70


In the 70th edition of the OTI Gazette, we have a chat to dear friend Simon O’Donnell to hear more about his involvement with racing.

We also discuss how corporate structures can benefit trainers, their business and the industry overall, look at our upcoming runners, introduce a new filly by Fiorente and Matt Stewart focuses on the process of international headline racehorses coming to Australia.

A special mention in this week’s Gazette goes to long term owner Laurie Larmer, who was honoured at Flemington Racecourse on Anzac Day for his service during WW2.

A CHAT WITH SIMON O’DONNELL

“The fantastic thing about sports is that you are in charge of some parts of your destiny. With horse racing, you’re fully engaged emotionally but there’s very little you can do about it. All the things that have relevance to the result, you have no control over but you’re fully engaged as though you’re sitting on the horse’s back.”


CORPORATE STRUCTURES IN RACING

“Few will argue that the level of professionalism of trainers in Australia has improved significantly over the last decade. In an environment where ownership numbers continue to grow through the syndication of horses, trainers have become more adept in balancing horsemanship skills with business needs to improve their operations.”