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Singapore reduces race days and public not admitted to Kranji

Singapore reduces race days and public not admitted to Kranji

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The Singapore Turf Club (STC) advised on Thursday that in line with the Singapore Government Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Advisory it will be implementing the following stricter precautionary measures because of the Covid-19 pandemic:

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South Africa postpones all race meetings until further notice due to Covid-19 virus lockdown

South Africa postpones all race meetings until further notice due to Covid-19 virus lockdown

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South Africa postpones all race meetings until further notice due to Covid-19 virus lockdown

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The South African Horseracing industry announced on Tuesday at all racing will be postponed from Friday, March 27th, 2020, until further notice due to the national wide lockdown announced by the South African Government on Monday because of Covid-19.

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Dubai World Cup cancelled, racing to cease in New Zealand and Golden success in Hong Kong Derby

Dubai World Cup cancelled, racing to cease in New Zealand and Golden success in Hong Kong Derby

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On one side of the world on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, one Asian Racing Federation member had to cancel their yearly showcase meeting, the Dubai World Cup, on the other side another Asian Racing Federation member held one of its premier races, the Hong Kong Derby.

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Covid-19 action by ARF racing authorities

Covid-19 action by ARF racing authorities

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A week of unprecedented action by racing authorities in various Asian Racing Federation jurisdictions has seen intense restrictions put in place to ensure racing can continue during the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sherwood Forest (AUS) proves too strong in New Zealand Derby

Sherwood Forest (AUS) proves too strong in New Zealand Derby

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Sherwood Forest (AUS) proves too strong in New Zealand Derby

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The Tony Pike trained Sherwood Forest (AUS) provided Australian based ex-pat New Zealander jockey Michael Walker with yet another Group 1 win when he teamed up with Pike and the Fastnet Rock gelding for a strong win in the NZ$1m, Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.

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New Zealand jockey Lisa Allpress creates history in Riyadh

New Zealand jockey Lisa Allpress creates history in Riyadh

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New Zealand jockey Lisa Allpress created history in the International Jockeys Challenge at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, on Friday, February 28th, 2020, becoming the first female jockey win in the Asian Racing Federation member country.

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Maxiumum Security (USA) wins the first ever Saudi Cup

Maxiumum Security (USA) wins the first ever Saudi Cup

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Maxiumum Security (USA) wins the first ever Saudi Cup

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The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia held the first Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, on Saturday, February 29th, 2020, with the USA trained and bred Maximum Security (USA) under Luis Saez winning the historic event.

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ARF members at the forefront for Dubai World Pools

ARF members at the forefront for Dubai World Pools

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ARF members at the forefront for Dubai World Pools

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Asian Racing Federations (ARF) members are at the forefront of the next stage of development of World Pool betting with the announcement that the Hong Kong Jockey Club, in partnership with Dubai Racing Club, will offer World Pool betting for the Dubai Super Saturday meeting (7 March) and Dubai World Cup meeting (28 March) at Meydan Racecourse.

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Ebraz wins Triple Crown, French King races to a double at HH The Amir Sword Festival 2020

Ebraz wins Triple Crown, French King races to a double at HH The Amir Sword Festival 2020

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Ebraz wins Triple Crown, French King races to a double at HH The Amir Sword Festival 2020

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In the presence of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz and HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s French King played out a repeat of last year’s results winning the two, USD 1 million each, features of the HH The Amir Sword Festival 2020 at Al Rayyan Park, Qatar, on Saturday.

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Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

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Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

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Before a crowd of 50,985 at Tokyo on Sunday race favorite Mozu Ascot under Christophe Lemaire captured his second Grade 1 victory in this year’s February Stakes (1600m) and has become the fifth horse to claim Grade 1 titles both on turf and dirt following Kurofune, Agnes Digital, Eagle Cafe and Admire Don.

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Closing Ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference and 2022 venue announced

Closing Ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference and 2022 venue announced

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Closing Ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference and 2022 venue announced

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After an engaging and informative week, the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) closed on Friday evening, 21 February with Mr. Andrew Harding, Secretary-General of the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) and Executive Director, Racing, of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, thanking the forum’s South African hosts and announcing the venue for the 2022 ARC at a gala closing ceremony in Cape Town’s International Convention Centre.

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ARF General Assembly Press Release

ARF General Assembly Press Release

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Asian Racing Federation (ARF) Secretary General, Andrew Harding, provided an update on the activities of the ARF Secretariat during the past 20 months since the 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) was staged in Seoul, Korea in May 2018.

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Equine Welfare

Equine Welfare

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Mr. Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), led the eighth Plenary Session, entitled ‘Equine Welfare’, on Friday morning, the final day of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Engaging with the Government as a stakeholder

Engaging with the Government as a stakeholder

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Engaging with the Government as a stakeholder

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Throughout the Asian Racing Federation (ARF), there are different approaches being implemented across jurisdictions, regions and projects. This was the focus of the penultimate 10th Plenary Session of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa, titled 'Major developments and current strategies in the Asian Region'. The session featured presentations and case studies about China, Japan, New Zealand and Korea.

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Major developments and current strategies in the Asian Region

Major developments and current strategies in the Asian Region

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Major developments and current strategies in the Asian Region

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Throughout the Asian Racing Federation (ARF), there are different approaches being implemented across jurisdictions, regions and projects. This was the focus of the penultimate 10th Plenary Session of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa, titled 'Major developments and current strategies in the Asian Region'. The session featured presentations and case studies about China, Japan, New Zealand and Korea.

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Promoting the international movement of horses

Promoting the international movement of horses

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Promoting the international movement of horses

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Host Mr. David Eades introduced the 11th and final Plenary Session of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) on Friday afternoon in Cape Town, South Africa, entitled Promoting the international movement of horses. Pointing out that South Africa racing and breeding has been held back by African Horse Sickness (AHS), Mr. Eades explained that the session would explore where South Africa was, where it is right now and where it plans to be in the future.

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Introduction to the business sessions of the 38th Asian Racing Conference

Introduction to the business sessions of the 38th Asian Racing Conference

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Introduction to the business sessions of the 38th Asian Racing Conference

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Mr. Andrew Harding, Asian Racing Federation (ARF) Secretary General, and Executive Director, Racing, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, on behalf of Mr.Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, ARF Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, delivered the opening address of the business sessions of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) on Wednesday morning.

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Ride Like A Girl – Insights into the making of a racing feature film

Ride Like A Girl – Insights into the making of a racing feature film

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Ride Like A Girl – Insights into the making of a racing feature film

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Ride Like A Girl tells the story of Ms. Michelle Payne and the trials and tribulations that led to her historic winning ride aboard Prince Of Penzance in the Race That Stops A Nation, the 2015 G1 Melbourne Cup in Australia.

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Protecting Racing's Integrity

Protecting Racing's Integrity

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Protecting Racing's Integrity

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BBC journalist and conference moderator Mr. David Eades introduced a lively Plenary Session 4, entitled Protecting Racing's Integrity, on Thursday morning at the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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For Racing’s Integrity, and Engaging Government Agencies: the Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

For Racing’s Integrity, and Engaging Government Agencies: the Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

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For Racing’s Integrity, and Engaging Government Agencies: the Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce

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Mr. Douglas Robinson, Deputy Chairman, Asian Racing Federation (ARF) Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce, and Senior Due Diligence and Research Manager, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, warned of the “war” racing faces against illegal betting as he moderated Plenary Session 5 on Thursday afternoon at the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Racecourses, Racing and the community

Racecourses, Racing and the community

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Racecourses, Racing and the community

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Racecourses, by their very nature, take up large swathes of land, but historically, their use has been restricted to horse racing. However, with growing demands for prime land in urban areas and a changing market for leisure and entertainment consumers, there is a need for racecourses to diversify and adapt.

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Ensuring the wellbeing of racing athletes

Ensuring the wellbeing of racing athletes

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Ms. Victoria Carter, Deputy Chair of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, opened Thursday’s Plenary Session 7 of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC), titled ‘Ensuring the wellbeing of racing athletes’, by asking: “Are we, the administrators, doing enough to support our jockeys? They may be self-employed, but without them we have no sport.”

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Exploring innovative race concepts at the 38th Asian Racing Conference

Exploring innovative race concepts at the 38th Asian Racing Conference

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Exploring innovative race concepts at the 38th Asian Racing Conference

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Dr. Makoto Inoue, Vice-Chair, Asian Racing Federation (ARF), Presidential Counsellor for International Affairs, Japan Racing Association (JRA), opened the second Plenary Session of the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) exploring innovative race concepts, with a reminder that while tradition is important, there is a need for innovation.

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Fan Engagement through Media, Marketing, Data and Sponsorship

Fan Engagement through Media, Marketing, Data and Sponsorship

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Fan Engagement through Media, Marketing, Data and Sponsorship

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Mr. Greg Nichols, Chairman, Racing Australia, and Director, Racing Victoria, chaired Plenary Session 3 entitled Fan Engagement through Media, Marketing, Data and Sponsorship on Wednesday afternoon at the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Wagering & Digitalisation is the theme of the first ARC 2020 Plenary Session

Wagering & Digitalisation is the theme of the first ARC 2020 Plenary Session

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Wagering & Digitalisation is the theme of the first ARC 2020 Plenary Session

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Asian Racing Federation (ARF) Chairman Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges on Wednesday morning participated by video in the first Plenary Session covering Wagering & Digitalisation which began the business sessions at the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Opening ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town

Opening ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town

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Opening ceremony of the 38th Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town

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After an absence of 23 years the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) returned to Cape Town, South Africa where delegates attending the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) were warmly welcomed by Mr. Andrew Harding, ARF Secretary General, on behalf of ARF Chairman, Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, on Tuesday evening.

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One champion returns to winning form, another goes down to stablemate

One champion returns to winning form, another goes down to stablemate

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One champion returns to winning form, another goes down to stablemate

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Racing in two Asian Racing Federation member states last weekend saw a champion return to winning form with Beauty Generation taking the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin and Korean super mare Silver Wolf’s claim for a third consecutive victory in the listed Donga Ilbo Cup dashed in the Seoul snow by her own stablemate as Dia Road.

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Female jockeys to break new ground at inaugural jockeys' challenge at King Abdulaziz racecourse

Female jockeys to break new ground at inaugural jockeys' challenge at King Abdulaziz racecourse

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Female jockeys to break new ground at inaugural jockeys' challenge at King Abdulaziz racecourse

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Nicola Currie is one of seven international female jockeys set to make history at Asian Racing Federation member Saudi Arabia’s major Saudi Cup race meeting in Riyadh later this month by becoming the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia.

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Unique Grade 1 winning double at Kenilworth

Unique Grade 1 winning double at Kenilworth

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Unique Grade 1 winning double at Kenilworth

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South Africa’s Western Cape racecourse Kenilworth in Cape Town held its premier Sun Met race meeting on Saturday.

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Asian Federation Countries feature prominently in 2019 Top 100 Group and Grade 1 races

Asian Federation Countries feature prominently in 2019 Top 100 Group and Grade 1 races

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Asian Federation Countries feature prominently in 2019 Top 100 Group and Grade 1 races

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The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has published its annual list of top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races with Asian Federation Countries featuring prominently with Australia having 20 on the list, Japan 11, Hong Kong 10, South Africa 5 and the UAE 4.