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Prominent Group Ramps Up Pressure on ATC Over Rosehill Sale

Prominent Group Ramps Up Pressure on ATC Over Rosehill Sale

A coalition of notable figures from the thoroughbred industry has united to protest the proposed sale of Sydney’s major racecourse, Rosehill.

In November, the Australian Turf Club (ATC), in collaboration with the Labour state government, announced plans to potentially sell the Rosehill site in inner western Sydney for over $5 billion, with the intention of redeveloping it into 25,000 new homes.

Renowned trainers Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller are among those opposing the ATC’s proposal.

Jason Abrahams, spokesperson for Save Rosehill and principal of syndicator Champion Thoroughbreds, expressed concerns to the Sydney Morning Herald, stating, “There are legitimate fears that the proponents of the sale might proceed without allowing ATC members to vote on the proposal.”

He added, “A recent letter from the ATC Chairman, assuring members they will be consulted, has not eased our distrust in the ATC Board and the senior executives involved in the negotiations. As ATC members, we demand full voting rights on Rosehill’s future. This decision should not be controlled by politicians or unelected racing officials.”

 

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The Save Rosehill group includes well-known owners Debbie Kepitis and Julia Ritchie, former ATC chair Matt McGrath, as well as trainers John O’Shea and Anthony Cummings, alongside Waterhouse and Waller.

The NSW Upper House recently voted to establish a Select Committee inquiry into the Rosehill redevelopment proposal.

An ATC spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that club members would vote on the proposal “with finality” by the end of 2024.

“The ATC board is currently conducting due diligence with Racing NSW to ensure members have all the necessary information to make an informed decision,” the spokesperson said. “It is their right to vote, and neither the Board nor any opponents should interfere with this due process.”

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