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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

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Asian Racing Federation Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce Quarterly Bulletin

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

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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

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

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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.

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Singapore resumes racing

Singapore resumes racing

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Singapore resumes racing

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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.

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New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

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New Zealand racing to resume earlier than planned

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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.

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South African racing to resume

South African racing to resume

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South African racing to resume

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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.

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New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

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New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

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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.

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Dual hemisphere sire success

Dual hemisphere sire success

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Dual hemisphere sire success

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

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Group 1 racing turns to Hong Kong

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

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Singapore racing suspension extended to June 1st

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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.

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Draft New Zealand racing calendar released as racing target resumption on July 1st

Draft New Zealand racing calendar released as racing target resumption on July 1st

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Draft New Zealand racing calendar released as racing target resumption on July 1st

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New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has released a proposed calendar for August through to early November, 2020, to give owners, trainers and racing participants some certainty for the next six months.

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New Zealand’s Tofane (NZ) wins the final Group 1 of Sydney’s 2019/20 season

New Zealand’s Tofane (NZ) wins the final Group 1 of Sydney’s 2019/20 season

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New Zealand’s Tofane (NZ) wins the final Group 1 of Sydney’s 2019/20 season

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It was almost fitting that the Sydney Autumn Carnival and the final Group 1 of the 2019/20 season in the harbour city was brought to a close at Randwick last Saturday, April 18th, 2020, in dramatic fashion.

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Randwick’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes the centre of world attention

Randwick’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes the centre of world attention

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Randwick’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes the centre of world attention

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With the shut-down of the majority of world racing Sydney once again became the centre of attention last weekend with 60 countries taking the broadcast of the A$2m, Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) from Randwick on Saturday, April 11th, 2020.

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Singapore suspends racing, updates from Australia and New Zealand

Singapore suspends racing, updates from Australia and New Zealand

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Singapore suspends racing, updates from Australia and New Zealand

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Singapore race meetings and overseas simulcast races will be suspended from Tuesday, 7 April 2020 to Monday, 4 May 2020.

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New Zealanders win Australian Derby without spectators on-course

New Zealanders win Australian Derby without spectators on-course

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New Zealanders win Australian Derby without spectators on-course

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Last weekend the current status of Asian Racing Federation countries was on display with the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick, Sydney, won by Quick Thinker (AUS) trained by New Zealanders Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, who are in total lockdown in New Zealand, and the only other Group 1 in the world over the weekend, the 64th Oskai Hai (2000m), run without spectators, as was Randwick.

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Japan’s first Grade 1 race of the spring season, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) had two notable JRA Grade 1 firsts

Japan’s first Grade 1 race of the spring season, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) had two notable JRA Grade 1 firsts

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Japan’s first Grade 1 race of the spring season, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) had two notable JRA Grade 1 firsts

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Japan’s first Grade 1 race of the spring season, the ¥ 281,800,000 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) at Chukyo on Sunday, March 29th, 2020, had two notable JRA Grade 1 firsts, the race was held without spectators due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the horse who crossed the line first was demoted.