Millard Calls Time In Hong Kong

Perfect storm leads to tough times

South African Tony Millard will not renew his trainer’s licence in Hong Kong for next season and thus calls it a day after 24 consecutive campaign in the city.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post earlier this year, Millard cited the fact that his stable has been ‘caught in the perfect storm’ because of Covid and newcomers to the training ranks

“Unfortunately, it’s been very tough this season. In 37 years of racing [globally], we’ve never had it like this. It’s just one of those things. Our stable has been caught in the perfect storm,” Millard said.

“We had Covid, and we didn’t buy. Then we lacked the young horses coming through. We’ve just got the old horses. We’re racing six, seven and eight-year-old horses, and it’s very difficult to win.You need the new stock, especially with the new trainers coming in. They took a lot of the permits and the transfers. So, of course, we never had any stock to work with besides horses which we’d won races for the last three seasons.”

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