With Royal Randwick's inaugural international racing festival approaching in April, many of the top international Thoroughbred owners and trainers are pushing for an intercontinental, Formula One-type horse racing series.
Joined by the influential racehorse owner and chairman of the Australian Racing Board John Messara, supporters are pushing for a uniform process that would make it easier for the top Thoroughbreds in the world to compete in the most prestigious races in England, France, Japan, Australia, the U.S. and more.
According to Sydney's Daily Telegraph, Messara and others see the disparate quarantine regulations between racing jurisdictions, in particular, as one hurdle to allowing greater international competition.
“Obviously the co-operation of Governments is necessary because it requires streamlining of quarantine regulations,” Messara said. “So we need a powerful working party with representatives from around the world.”
Racing dates are another concern, as the upcoming festival at Randwick on April 12-19 will clash with the Dubai World Cup carnival. Advocates want to implement the series as early as next year.and seem confident that it can be done.
“It is just a case of getting all the jurisdictions to sit down properly and work out the logistics,” David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar's Sheik Fahad Al Thani, told the Daily Telegraph. “There is no question it is the future and it will be the future – it will happen.”
Read more at the Daily Telegraph
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