NSW premier Chris Minns said the future of the Rosehill racecourse was in the hands of the members of the Australian Turf Club, as he stepped back from the effusive support of the project he put forward when it was announced late last year.

In December, Minns claimed the possible redevelopment of Rosehill, which would result in the end of racing and training at the western Sydney racecourse by 2028, was a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity for NSW to help resolve Sydney’s housing woes.

He held a press conference with ATC chairman Peter McGauran where plans for a suburb of 25,000 dwellings, yielding a $5 billion windfall were announced, sending shockwaves through the thoroughbred industry.

But fronting a testy estimates hearing in the NSW parliament on Wednesday, Minns’ language on the Rosehill proposal was far more muted.

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