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Macau infrastructure plans unveiled; Stanley Ho sees horse retire

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Macau airportMacau is set to be able to handle a lot more visitors as of 2030. According to the Macau Daily News, there are plans to develop the airport so that in 19 years time it will be able to handle up to 15 million customers. Infrastructure is one of the aspects of the gambling enclave that is often criticized for being poor and a reason why the city isn’t growing even more quickly. Macau Civil Aviation Authority president Simon Chan Weng Hong introduced the new development for the airport. He added that the airport will be able to cope with up to 7.1 million passengers by 2020 and it will be music to the ears of the casino giants.

In other news, Stanley Ho has seen his pride and joy retire after six year’s at the top of its game. Champion horse Viva Pataca earned a total of HK$83million ($11million) over a career that spanned six years. The nine-year-old grossed the most money of any horse on the Hong Kong racing circuit. Pataca won 13 of his 44 starts and had another 15 podiums.

Trainer John Moore told the South China Morning Post, “I wanted him to go out with some respect. It was clear that he is missing a cylinder or two now with his age and it would have been sad to see him race on.

“We are awaiting confirmation at this stage but I’m hoping that he will be able to go to Muskoka Farm, a beautiful property just outside Sydney by the Hawkesbury River, and live out the rest of his days there in a nice green paddock.”

In all Viva Pataca won seven Champion Awards and was Horse Of The Year for 2008-09

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