The most powerful training partnership in Australian racing will end in January, with David Eustace confirming he is leaving Ciaron Maher Racing to take up a position in Hong Kong.
Maher and Eustace made the announcement via a joint statement on Thursday, with both describing the news as "bittersweet".
Eustace will join the likes of fellow Australians David Hayes and Mark Newnham in the Hong Kong training ranks, along with former Te Akau Racing head Jamie Richards, and says it is an opportunity he couldn't turn down.
"Obviously I am thrilled to be offered the position in Hong Kong, it has always been a dream of (mine) since I was a boy," Eustace said.
"It's exciting and a challenge I will relish, however I will miss being part of this extraordinary operation.
"I will be forever grateful to Ciaron for the opportunities he has given me, for teaching me so much, for opening my eyes to the importance of data and analytics and the fundamental importance of sports science."
Maher and Eustace have trained close to 1600 winners since forming their partnership in August 2018, 30 of those at Group 1 level including the 2022 Melbourne Cup with Gold Trip.