Popular Tiley seeks licence to train in Macau

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 1997, 12:00am

Former Hong Kong riding star Nigel Tiley will shortly arrive in Macau for talks about shifting his training operation from New Zealand to the Portuguese enclave.

Tiley went into the record books in 1990 when completing an historic double on the legendary Quicken Away in the then 1,800-metre Champions and Chater Cup and the 1,200-metre Chairman's Prize.

He then won the New Zealand Derby with the Hong Kong-owned Look Who's Talking in his first full season as a trainer.

Since then he has wasted no time in establishing himself as one of the leading lights back in New Zealand in just three seasons with a licence.

But racing finances are in a decided slump in New Zealand and Tiley is looking to establish himself in Macau, having retained many contacts in Asia from his riding days here and in Singapore.

Tiley said yesterday: 'It's true I'm looking at training in Macau and should be there for talks in about three weeks.' Tiley's Look Who's Talking was owned under the banner of the Unifaith Syndicate and they have a number of horses in training in Macau.

Meanwhile, it now looks likely that television personality Tung Biu won't be taking out a licence to train in Macau next season.