Club going extra mile to get Black Caviar
Hong Kong Jockey Club officials met with representatives of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) yesterday as the club tries to nail down quarantine arrangements in order to ensure Black Caviar for the December internationals.
Australian participation at the Cathay Pacific-sponsored December showpiece has been looking doubtful in recent months after a hardening of standard quarantine protocols, but director of racing Bill Nader said yesterday the Jockey Club wants a definitive agreement on what is required.
'We are trying to ensure we meet the guidelines to facilitate the movement of horses specifically between Australia and Hong Kong,' he explained. 'The problem for us is that the goalposts have been moving. The rules have been changing and we are within guidelines one minute, then outside them.'
The club's strenuous efforts to entice the world champion Australian sprinting mare, Black Caviar, for the Hong Kong Sprint will be in vain if quarantine regulations are not fixed and met.
'We would have to be in a position that we think we are OK in June and then lose the filly later in the year because things have changed again,' Nader said. 'The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has been involved, our head of international liaison Dr Brian Stewart has been involved and I'm confident we can work this out. I don't know if we will get it finalised right now but, by having the AQIS people come and see everything for themselves, we will try to get a more solid outcome than what has been happening in the past.'
In other news, Tony Millard's assistant trainer Carol Yu Wing-sze was fined HK$5,000 for misconduct after she posted offensive remarks on a social media platform.
The offensive remarks were aimed at a trainer and an owner, as well as a person closely associated with that trainer.
The Licensing Committee has also decided to grant Terry Wong Chi-wai a freelance jockey's licence for next term after he successfully 'showed cause'' at a hearing yesterday.