As Saudi Arabia emerges as a major influence in global racing, a host of Australians are at the heart of the action, including veterinarian Toby Koenig.

Toby Koenig
Toby Koenig is the latest Australian to head to Saudi Arabia (Photo: Supplied)

In the 1970s, 80s and 90s Hong Kong became the destination du jour for ambitious Australian racing industry executives and professionals.

Jockeys, trainers, stewards, administrators and journalists made their way to the then British colony to hone their skills in a rapidly developing environment, enjoy the way of life in an exotic location and use the experience to build their careers, either at home or further afield.

While Hong Kong is still a go-to point for Australians - former Racing Victoria boss Greg Carpenter, champion trainer David Hayes and journalist turned PR executive Leo Schlink are based there - another emerging racing nation is beginning to loom as a potential destination for upwardly mobile Australian racing folk.

Saudi Arabia is the newcomer on the block in the increasingly globalised racing matrix.

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