Sydney Turf Club - proposed merger with Australian Jockey Club

Acquirer(s)

  • Sydney Turf Club

Target(s)

  • The Australian Jockey Club

Summary

The Sydney Turf Club and Australian Jockey Club proposed to merge their operations and form a new club.

Market definition

The ACCC considered the proposed merger within the context of:

- the market for the conduct of race meetings in Sydney and surrounding regions (although the precise boundary of the market may be broader or narrower depending on the standard of the race meeting);

- the market for the provision of thoroughbred racing services in Sydney and surrounding regions, which includes training and stabling facilities; and

- the market for function venue hire in Sydney.

Competition analysis

The ACCC considered that the proposed merger was unlikely to result in a substantial lessening of competition in the relevant markets. Key factors informing this conclusion included:

- the limited extent of current competition between the two clubs due to regulation by Racing NSW (for example, the two clubs are not permitted to hold race meetings on the same day) and the limited prospect of competition in the future;

- the extent to which regulation by Racing NSW will continue to constrain the merged entity in the conduct of race meetings;

- the availability of alternative training and stabling facilities in Sydney and surrounding regions; and

- the presence of several competing providers in the function venue hire market.

Timeline

DateEvent
06/12/2010ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
22/12/2010Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
27/01/2011ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.