36th Asian Racing Conference, Mumbai

Princess Zahra Aga Khan will give the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on Monday, January 26th, 2016.

The address has special significance given that the history of her family’s involvement in racing and breeding began in India in the 1800’s with Aga Khan I.

The green silks with red epaulets of His Highness the Aga Khan IV are famous in top-class racing in Europe and throughout the world.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan is the eldest child of His Highness Aga Khan and she continues her family’s famous passion for thoroughbred racing and breeding as both an owner and breeder, including Prix Vermeille winner and 2006 European Champion three-year-old filly Mandesha.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan is a Harvard graduate and she is the Head of the Social Welfare Department of the Aga Khan Development Network, a humanitarian NGO with 80,000 employees in 30 countries.

The Opening Ceremony follows the Bureau meetings of the Asian Pattern Committee, International Stewards’ Conference, Asian-African Tote Association and Asian Racing Federation Management Committee meetings earlier on Monday, January 26th.

Former UK jockey Hayley Turner, who retired in August, joins the panel of media personalities on Wednesday, January 27th, for the Racing Media and the 21st Century Fan session where the panel will discuss how the sport engages with its fans in a fast changing media environment.

Hayley Turner, who joins UK racing broadcaster At The Races, had 764 career wins including a Shergar Cup at Ascot and international Group race victories.

The Racing Media session also includes topics on race calling and commentary, the art in sport - the fusion of television and racing and the future of racing journalism.

The 36th Asian Racing Conference official site is arcindia2016.com