Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges recognised the outstanding efforts of this year’s ARC organising committee, headed by Mr. Soon, and welcomed the conference’s return this year to South Korea for a third time. Seoul previously hosted the ARC in 1980 and, most recently, in 2005.
He also applauded the KRA for its transformative approach in recent years. The jurisdiction upgraded from Part III to Part II status of the “Blue Book” in July 2016, earning greater recognition for its black-type races, and Korean racing has succeeded in attracting overseas runners to its international racing festival, thus continuing its trajectory as a strong emerging nation within the sport.
Several Hong Kong Jockey Club executives will present to the convocation: Ms. Amy Chan, Executive Manager, Racing Development Board/Headmistress, Apprentice Jockeys’ School; Dr. Brian Stewart, Head of Veterinary Regulation, Welfare and Biosecurity Policy; Dr. Peter Curl, Executive Manager, Veterinary Regulation; Mr. Martin Purbrick, Director of Security and Integrity; Mr. Douglas Robinson, Senior Due Diligence and Research Manager; Mr. John Ridley, Director of Racing Capital Projects; and Ms. Amanda Bond, Executive Manager, Equestrian Affairs. Also among the speakers is Patrick Yung Shu-hang of the Hong Kong Centre for Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences.
Bureau meetings held in conjunction with the ARC were completed on Monday, including the Asian Racing Federation General Assembly, Asian Pattern Committee and International Stewards’ Conference. All enjoyed significant participation from Club officials holding positions of leadership within these international bodies: Mr. Andrew Harding, Executive Director, Racing and Secretary General of the Asian Racing Federation; Mr. Kim Kelly, Chief Stipendiary Steward and Chairman of the International Harmonisation of Raceday Rules Committee; and Mr. Nigel Gray, Head of Handicapping, Race Planning and International Racing, and Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation Handicappers Committee.
The ARC was first held in Tokyo in 1960 and is now the largest horseracing industry conference in the world.