Australian racecaller Luke Marlow has called time on his stint in Singapore.
Singapore racing resumes on Saturday (July 11) following a suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak but Marlow won't be behind the microphone, having opted to terminate his two-year contact before it came up for renewal in October.
"It was something that I was wrestling with for a while," Marlow said. "I've got my partner now, Alysha Collett (jockey), and she's getting back into things in Sydney, riding here and enjoying it.
"My contract in Singapore was expiring and just with the complications around the coronavirus I decided to make the call to cut my time short and remain here in Australia."
The 27-year-old has been a full-time caller for the past 10 years, including a seven-year stint broadcasting thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races across New South Wales, and aside from taking periods of annual leave had not enjoyed extended time off during the period.
"I'm enjoying the down time at the moment because it was a pretty stressful time for us being up in Singapore with the lockdown and no family around," Marlow said.
"In Singapore the lockdown was quite regulated, to the point you're only allowed outside for a walk each day and to get your essentials at the grocery.
"And we lived in Singapore like that for four weeks and we didn't have a big apartment. And then when we came back to Australia, we had to do two weeks (quarantine) as well so it was six weeks in a shoebox for both of us and after that you're nearly insane.
"Mentally it was very challenging, so I've enjoyed unwinding and I'm in no rush to get back into things."
Racing in Singapore was suspended in early April and Saturday will be the first race meeting at Kranji Racecourse in just over three months. Australian jockey Vlad Duric remained In Singapore while compatriots Michael Rodd, Daniel Moor and Patrick Moloney all returned to Melbourne.
"It's great to see racing getting back up and running in Singapore because I know a lot of the participants that I've spoken to have been going through a tough time not being able to work and get an income so it's great to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel," Marlow added.