THE Strathbogie Shire could be the big winner from a controversial plan to expand a Hunter Valley coal mine.
The New South Wales Government has backed the expansion of the Drayton South mine, which is home to some of Australia’s biggest studs.
The two farms most seriously impacted by the plans are the global breeding empires of Darley and Coolmore.
Racing Victoria said the recommendation was a windfall for the Victorian breeding industry and it was actively courting some of the Hunter Valley’s biggest studs.
Racing Victoria chairman Robert Roulston said it was the state’s chance to shake off the bridesmaid tag once and for all.
“We’ve always had superior racing to New South Wales and they’ve had us beaten with the breeding side of things, but if we could attract one of the big studs it would really strengthen our industry,” Mr Roulston said.