Asian Racing Review: top trainer’s shock Singapore departure
Michael Cox and Andrew Le Jeune bring you the latest in Asian racing, including the shock exit of top trainer Michael Clements from Lion City ahead of the planned closure of the sport.
A “great representative for Singapore racing” is departing Lion City ahead of the jurisdiction’s planned 2024 closure, Asian Racing Report Editor Michael Cox revealed on this week’s episode of Asian Racing Review.
“It’s a real body blow to the sport in Singapore that (trainer) Michel Clements has decided to leave as of the end of this month”, said Cox.
Clements, champion trainer in 2020 and president of the trainer’s association, has been one of the most vocal advocates for Singapore racing in recent years.
“The Singapore Turf Club have said racing will cease in October next year, (but) will it even make it that far? Is Clements the first domino to fall, are other trainers eyeing the exit?”
Cox called for the Singapore Turf Club to outline “concrete plans” with regard to horse racing’s “exit strategy”, as participants continue to face an uncertain future.
“These trainers in Singapore just aren’t being treated like human beings, they’re not being treated with respect… There’s been no plan that I can see: I’d like to hear from some officials within the Singapore Turf Club.”
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