Tiley ready to train in Macau

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am

Former top Hong Kong jockey Nigel Tiley is to train in Macau from the start of next season.

Tiley, closely associated with the legendary Champions and Chater Cup and Chairman's Prize winner Quicken Away during his lengthy stint in Hong Kong, has been in Macau this week finalising details of his new training base.

He is likely to saddle his first runners in the Portuguese-administered enclave in September and is another coup for the up-and-coming racing jurisdiction.

Tiley is understood to have the backing of a number of major Hong Kong-based owners who had many horses in training with him in New Zealand, including Derby winner Look Who's Talking, who was successful in the Blue Riband event in Tiley's very first season with a licence. Tiley has sent out a number of other Group One winners in New Zealand where he quickly established himself as one of the very best trainers after leaving Hong Kong at the end of the 1992-93 season.

The bulk of his runners are expected to be ridden by New Zealand's top female rider Lee Rutherford, who has formed a close relationship with the Tiley stable over the past year or so.

But Tiley's old friend and former Hong Kong weighing-room colleague Brent Thomson is also likely to come in for plenty of mounts.

Rutherford starts her Macau riding stint at the beginning of next month after fulfilling her riding commitments in Australia.