ALL

All Releases

News

ARF Council Publishes "The State of Illegal Betting" Report

ARF Council Publishes "The State of Illegal Betting" Report

PDF

ARF Council Publishes "The State of Illegal Betting" Report

Open in New Window

The Asian Racing Federation Council on Anti-illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime released on 18 May 2022 a new publication: “The State of Illegal Betting”. The State of Illegal Betting report examines the current situation of illegal betting, what this means in relation to legal betting, and what both will look like in the future. The report includes analysis of more than 500 betting websites to examine their licensing status, products offered, website traffic, server locations and other data points.

News

ARF Statement on the Passing of Dr Patricia (Trish) Ellis AM

ARF Statement on the Passing of Dr Patricia (Trish) Ellis AM

PDF

ARF Statement on the Passing of Dr Patricia (Trish) Ellis AM

Open in New Window

Asian Racing Federation expresses our sadness following the passing of Dr Patricia (Trish)Ellis AM. We extend our sympathy and condolences to Trish’s husband, Gary, and family.

News

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New President

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New President

PDF

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New President

Open in New Window

The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) announced that Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (ARF), was unanimously elected President of the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) at the organisation’s virtual General Assembly on 22 April 2022.

News

Three Global Experts Join the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime

Three Global Experts Join the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime

PDF

Three Global Experts Join the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime

Open in New Window

The Asian Racing Federation’s Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime announced today that it has expanded its membership to include three global experts to support integrity in racing and other sports: Ms. Aahna Mehrotra, Partner TMT Law Practice, Pune, India; Professor Steve Cornelius, Head of the Department of Private Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law, University of Pretoria; and Mr. Pim Verschuuren, Associate Research Fellow, University of Lausanne.

News

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New Vice-President

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New Vice-President

PDF

International Horse Sports Confederation Elects Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as New Vice-President

Open in New Window

The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) has announced that the IHSC General Assembly has unanimously elected Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chair of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (ARF), as the Vice-President of the IHSC.

News

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

In this bulletin, ARF Council members Douglas Robinson and James Porteous describe social media advertising of illegal betting in Hong Kong and illustrate the growing trend of illegal betting operators flooding social media channels with advertising to reach new demographics of customers, in particular younger people in Generation Z.

News

55th International Conference – Racing’s Future in the Spotlight

55th International Conference – Racing’s Future in the Spotlight

PDF

55th International Conference – Racing’s Future in the Spotlight

Open in New Window

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has launched the 55th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities. Held virtually for the second consecutive year, the 2021 Conference examines global racing’s evolution and future challenges. The Japan Racing Association (JRA), also a member of the ARF, is the official partner of this year’s Conference.

News

ARF Chairman elected as new IFHA Chair; ARF Vice Chairman elected as IFHA Vice-Chair for Asia

ARF Chairman elected as new IFHA Chair; ARF Vice Chairman elected as IFHA Vice-Chair for Asia

PDF

ARF Chairman elected as new IFHA Chair; ARF Vice Chairman elected as IFHA Vice-Chair for Asia

Open in New Window

ARF Chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges elected as new IFHA Chair; ARF Vice-Chairman Masayuki Goto elected as new IFHA Vice-Chair for Asia.

News

How China’s Crackdown on Illegal Betting Impacts Global Betting Markets

How China’s Crackdown on Illegal Betting Impacts Global Betting Markets

PDF

How China’s Crackdown on Illegal Betting Impacts Global Betting Markets

Open in New Window

This report examines Mainland China’s crackdown on illegal betting from 2018 to mid-2021, its background, purpose and impact. It is based on official announcements and statistics, 315 Mainland Chinese media articles related to illegal betting, and English-language reports.

News

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

Welcome to our third Bulletin of 2021. This edition of the Quarterly Bulletin highlights two important issues related to illegal betting that have wider relevance to integrity in horse racing and other sports.

News

A Report of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in Illegal Betting by the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

A Report of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in Illegal Betting by the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

PDF

A Report of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in Illegal Betting by the ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

Open in New Window

News

Dr. Sally Gainsbury and Dr. Catherine Ordway Join ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

Dr. Sally Gainsbury and Dr. Catherine Ordway Join ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

PDF

Dr. Sally Gainsbury and Dr. Catherine Ordway Join ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime

Open in New Window

The Asian Racing Federation (ARF) announced today that Dr. Sally Gainsbury, Director of the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic and Associate Professor of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and Dr. Catherine Ordway, Assistant Professor in Sports Management at the University of Canberra, have agreed to join the Asian Racing Federation Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime.

News

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

Welcome to our second Bulletin of 2021. In this edition we focus on the use of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in illegal betting. The Council’s deep dive article is available on the website of the Asian Racing Federation, and we have a summary in this newsletter.

News

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

Welcome to our first Bulletin of 2021, and the first using our new name of Asian Racing Federation Council on Anti-illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime (“the Council”). This reflects the permanence of the group and the continuity of the work of our members to help combat illegal betting in order to protect integrity in horse racing and other sports.

News

Lys Gracieux (JPN) and Damien Lane soar to an emphatic win in Arima Kinen

Lys Gracieux (JPN) and Damien Lane soar to an emphatic win in Arima Kinen

PDF

Lys Gracieux (JPN) and Damien Lane soar to an emphatic win in Arima Kinen

Open in New Window

The Grade 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (2500m) at Nakayama is one of Japan's most popular races and in the 64th renewal of the race on Sunday Asian Racing Federation countries combined to claim victory when Lys Gracieux (JPN) and Damien Lane soared to an emphatic win.

News

Thoroughbred Racing in Asian Racing Federation Jurisdictions: An Economic and Social Impact Assessment

Thoroughbred Racing in Asian Racing Federation Jurisdictions: An Economic and Social Impact Assessment

PDF

Thoroughbred Racing in Asian Racing Federation Jurisdictions: An Economic and Social Impact Assessment

Open in New Window

News

ARF Webinar Series: Racing Through the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

ARF Webinar Series: Racing Through the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

PDF

ARF Webinar Series: Racing Through the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Open in New Window

In response to the challenges and opportunities brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ARF organised a series of three Webinars in 2020. The Webinars, hosted by the ARF Chairman and Secretary General respectively, and include three panels of racing industry leaders, covering the following themes: Navigating the New Normal Enhancing Wagering Outcomes and Addressing the Rising Threat of Illegal Wagering Strategies for Effective Government Engagement

News

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

ARF Council on Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

Dear all, Welcome to the second quarterly bulletin from the Asian Racing Federation council on anti-illegal betting & related financial crime. We have renamed the task force a “council” to better reflect the permanence of the group and our efforts to build our capacity as a think tank aimed at combatting illegal betting and related financial crime. We aim to achieve impact in this area through the strong expertise of the members of the council, which is reflected in the excellent thought leadership produced by the group.

News

Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

PDF

Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

Open in New Window

Welcome to the first quarterly bulletin from the Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce of the Asian Racing Federation.

News

Asian Racing Federation shows commitment to protecting integrity with addition of two global experts to Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

Asian Racing Federation shows commitment to protecting integrity with addition of two global experts to Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

PDF

Asian Racing Federation shows commitment to protecting integrity with addition of two global experts to Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

Open in New Window

The Asian Racing Federation’s Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce (‘the Taskforce’) announced today that it has strengthened its capability to protect global racing integrity with the addition to the Taskforce of former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Graham Ashton, and the Project Manager of INTERPOL’s Match-Fixing Task Force, Claudio Marinelli.

News

Singapore resumes racing

Singapore resumes racing

PDF

Singapore resumes racing

Open in New Window

The announcement this week from the Singapore Turf Club that racing will resume at Kranji on July 11th, 2020, completes Asian Racing Federation jurisdictions returning to racing operations after the Covid-19 pandemic country lock-downs.

News

New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

PDF

New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

Open in New Window

Asian Racing Federation jurisdictions with racing shut down by the Covid-19 pandemic are returning to normal with South African racing resuming last week and New Zealand announcing that its racing will resume earlier than originally planned.

News

South African racing to resume

South African racing to resume

PDF

South African racing to resume

Open in New Window

The National Horse Racing Authority (NHA) of South Africa on Thursday, May 28th, 2020, announced that the South African Government has permitted racing in South Africa will resume on June 1st, 2020, behind closed doors. Racing had been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a national wide lockdown.

News

New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

PDF

New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

Open in New Window

The win by Japan's champion Almond Eye (JPN) in the ¥ 226.8m, Grade 1 Victoria Mile (1600m) at Tokyo on Sunday opened up new globetrotting possibilities for the five-year-old mare as she gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.

News

Dual hemisphere sire success

Dual hemisphere sire success

PDF

Dual hemisphere sire success

Open in New Window

Results from Asian Racing Federation members Australia and Japan on Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th, 2020, had a remarkable tale of racing and sires from duel hemispheres after Russian Camelot (IRE) won the Group 1 South Australian Derby and Lauda Sion (JPN) the Grade 1 NHK Mile.

News

Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

PDF

Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

Open in New Window

Racing jurisdictions around the world continue to wait for official advice that they may resume racing after the Covid-19 suspension including Asian Racing Federation’s South Africa who had hoped to resume last week, however, were unable to do so without approval from government.

News

New Zealand confirms stakes levels for a return to racing – Singapore cancels features

New Zealand confirms stakes levels for a return to racing – Singapore cancels features

PDF

New Zealand confirms stakes levels for a return to racing – Singapore cancels features

Open in New Window

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) Chairman Dr Alan Jackson and CEO, Bernard Saundry, on Thursday issued a statement regarding the stakes levels for the return to racing on July 3rd, 2020, from the Covid-19 shutdown in New Zealand.

News

Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

PDF

Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

Open in New Window

The eyes of the racing world turned to Hong Kong on Sunday, April 26th, 2020, for Group 1 racing on FWD Champions Day, however, as with all racing in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic the meeting was quite different from previous years.

News

Singapore Turf Club to reschedule the Kranji Mile and Lion City Cup

Singapore Turf Club to reschedule the Kranji Mile and Lion City Cup

PDF

Singapore Turf Club to reschedule the Kranji Mile and Lion City Cup

Open in New Window

The Singapore Turf Club will reschedule the International Group 3 Kranji Mile and Group 1 Lion City Cup race meetings, both initially slated for 23 May 2020, to a later date.

News

Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

PDF

Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

Open in New Window

The Singapore Turf Club advised on Wednesday that the suspension of racing at Kranji has been extended to June 1st, 2020, in line with the Singapore Government's measures announced on Tuesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.