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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Asian Racing Conference

Hong Kong passes torch to India as Asian Racing Conference ends with a change of leadership

The ARF flag is passed from Hong Kong to India, which will become the host country for the 36th Asian Racing Conference. From right: Secretary-General of the ARF Andrew Harding; HKJC Chairman T. Brian Stevenson; New ARF Chairman and HKJC CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges; and Chairman of the Turf Authority of India Vivek Jain.

The climax of the evening was the ARF flag handover ceremony from The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) to the hosts of the 36th ARC, the Turf Authority of India, with the next event scheduled to take place in Mumbai in early 2016.

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014, 9:51am

Hong Kong passes the flag to India as historic Asian Racing Conference closes with announcement of HKJC CEO as new Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation

Dr Koji Sato, Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation, makes his closing remarks at the 35th Asian Racing Conference Closing Ceremony.

In a dazzling closing ceremony at Sha Tin tonight, 8 May, the hugely successful 35th Asian Racing Conference (ARC), hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, concluded. Beginning with an opening ceremony and gala dinner on Monday, 5 May, the conference welcomed a record number of almost 800 delegates to four days of meetings, business sessions and other events, including an evening at Happy Valley racecourse to witness the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) Trophy race.

9 May 2014 - 11:21am

Asian Racing Conference delegates hear about horse racing’s biggest events

Several top racing executives from different countries are present on stage to discuss their experience and strategies in hosting world-class race events.

The 35th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) yesterday heard from eight major racing nations about how they are promoting their most prominent race days in a session titled “Big Events – Today and Tomorrow”. Experts presented the strategic marketing and corporate alliances that underpin the world’s great race meetings including the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, British Champions Day, The Championships in Australia, America’s Breeders’ Cup, the Singapore Gold Cup, Dubai World Cup and Arima Kinen.

13 May 2014 - 9:44am

High-profile speakers call for international cooperation to battle corruption in sport at Asian Racing Conference

Panel speaker Mark Warby QC from the UK shares his views and opinion about racing integrity in the session.

Horseracing is leading the field when it comes to integrity and fighting corruption in almost all sports world-wide, but there is no room for complacency and, in an ever-changing technological landscape, international cooperation must be the way forward. That was the message from the 35th Asian Racing Conference this morning when a panel of experts delivered presentations in a plenary session titled: ‘Sport Integrity: racing as the frontrunner’.

9 May 2014 - 9:38am

World Racing’s biggest shows in the spotlight on final day of Asian Racing Conference

Several top racing executives from different countries are present on stage to discuss their experience and strategies in hosting world-class race events.

The final morning of the 35th Asian Racing Conference, 8 May, opened appropriately in the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, as delegates were treated to video presentations of many of the world’s great race meetings – under the banner: ‘Big Events – Today and Tomorrow’.

8 May 2014 - 7:19pm

Literary legends tell Asian Racing Conference that the charisma of the horse can connect racing to popular culture

Panel member Don Watson presents his views in the session.

Bill Barich, lead writer for the HBO racing series Luck, and best-selling author Don Watson drew a rapt assembly of delegates to this afternoon’s plenary session, titled: ‘Connecting racing with popular culture’, at the 35th Asian Racing Conference, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

8 May 2014 - 9:34am

Hong Kong Jockey Club’s model for success outlined at Asian Racing Conference’s ‘Industry Profiles’ session

Panel Chairman Yu Pang Fey, President and Chief Executive of the Singapore Turf Club, speaks in the session about the development of horse racing industry in Singapore.

The latest session of the 35th Asian Racing Conference this afternoon at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre informed delegates that Hong Kong horseracing is looking ahead with confidence as customer participation and turnover continue to grow, while in Japan, the JRA (Japan Racing Association) is innovating to offset the effects of a “greying society”.

8 May 2014 - 9:28am

Conference delegates worldwide urged to improve connection with their customers

HKJC’s Executive Director of Customer and Marketing, Richard Cheung, chairs the session entitled ‘Connecting with the Customer’ at the 35th ARC

The innovative customer engagement strategy of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) took centre stage at the 35th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) yesterday. Richard Cheung, the Club’s Executive Director, Customer and Marketing, told delegates that the Club was utilising new technology within a clear strategy in order to meet customer expectations, and noted the fundamental principle that “the experience is key.”

8 May 2014 - 7:14pm

Racing industry urged to ‘immerse’ viewers in the sport at Asian Racing Conference

James L. Gagliano, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Jockey Club, shares his views and opinion to all attending delegates.

Television industry leaders Joerg Heise and Gary Burns, keynote speakers at today’s ‘Cutting Edge Technology in Sports TV’ session at the Asian Racing Conference, entertained and informed a large audience with the latest innovations in sports broadcasting – some of which may potentially be applied to horse racing.

8 May 2014 - 9:22am

HKJC’s Richard Cheung tells ARC that customer connection is vital to growth

Richard Cheung, Executive Director, Customer and Marketing of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, presents his views to all attending delegates.

The second day of the 35th Asian Racing Conference commenced this morning (7 May) with Mr Richard Cheung, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director, Customer and Marketing, delivering a presentation detailing HKJC’s mould-breaking customer engagement.

7 May 2014 - 5:49pm

Sustainability is vital for both existing and new racecourses, experts tell the Asian Racing Conference

Mrs Mimi Cunningham, Director of Human Resources and Sustainability of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, speaks in the session.

Mimi Cunningham, Director of Human Resources and Sustainability at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Koji Katsumi, Head of Environmental Measures at the Japan Racing Association, explained to delegates at the 35th Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong that conserving precious resources by a whole range of initiatives is already part of racecourses’ daily operations.

7 May 2014 - 9:47am

Racing Authorities have the conviction to enforce stringent drug rules

Panel Chairman Dr Kanichi Kusano, Deputy Manager of JRA Equine Department, speaks at this concurrent session today.

Mr Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) reaffirmed his organisation's commitment to horse welfare and medication control today, May 6, at the session titled ‘Fair Competition and Drug Control’ at the 35th Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong.

7 May 2014 - 9:33am

Horse racing brings huge community values, Government officials reaffirmed

Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the HKSAR, asserts that the HKJC has “firmly established itself as a beacon of charity and a key fountain of funding for worthy social projects.”

Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), delivered a keynote address at the 35th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in which he emphasised the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC)’s “sterling contribution” to the Hong Kong community.

7 May 2014 - 10:45pm

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Labour and Welfare and former Premier of Victoria highlight horseracing’s positive contribution to the community

The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, delivers a speech in the conference’s plenary session “The Community Impact” of horse racing today.

The Honourable Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, today (6 May) emphasised the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s instrumental role in “augmenting, supplementing and complementing the government’s efforts in building a more caring compassionate and cohesive society.” Mr Cheung was addressing delegates from around the world during the 35th Asian

6 May 2014 - 10:33pm

International movement of horses boosted and more can be achieved

Panel Chairman and speaker Dr Brian Stewart, Head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services of Racing Victoria Limited, gives his addresses in this session.

At the Asian Racing Conference today, May 6, delegates at a session titled: ‘Movement of Horses’ were told that significant progress had been made to facilitate the internationalisation of racing and that good science, cooperation, harmonisation of protocols and developing trust were the keys to further progress.

7 May 2014 - 11:09am

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