Indonesian racing is looking to New Zealand thoroughbreds to help return the industry to its former glory.
The Indonesian racing and breeding industry has slowly declined since gambling was outlawed in the archipelago in the early 1970s, resulting in the number of thoroughbred broodmares falling from 500 to only 50, yet recent success of Kiwi-bred horses may be the turning point.
New Zealand-bred stallion Tuscaloosa made an impact at this year’s Indonesian Derby (2000m), the industry’s most prestigious race, with his progeny landing the quinella in the day’s feature race.
Next season will only increase New Zealand’s influence as the Stavinsky son Keeninsky will have his first runners at Kuda Pordasi, Indonesia’s only racetrack.
“It’s a beautiful racecourse located in Jakarta, with a golf course and a lake in the centre,” New Zealand Bloodstock’s Asia Representative Michael Kneebone said.
“I was on track for the Derby last weekend, and there was a very healthy crowd in attendance.
“Racing takes place every month and is popular with the locals and they race on a sand track. Mr Iman Hertano of Eclipse Stud Farm has been instrumental in the revival of racing in the region,” Kneebone said.
Indonesian buyers have broadened their search for horses and were active at the New Zealand Bloodstock breeding sale in May.