Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has spoken openly about the frustration he felt and the difficulties he faced trying to explain Hong Kong's unyielding regulatory framework to world racing leaders. Engelbrecht-Bresges (pictured) flew to Paris to attend the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) meeting after the Dubai World Cup on March 29. Although he has the status of being joint-deputy chairman of the global body, it was with embarrassment that he admitted the organisation he fronts, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, was unable to participate in a number of international promotions because of government restrictions. 'We discussed a number of global racing issues, including a review of the global trifecta pool trialled by a French pari-mutuel company in June last year at the Prix de Diane Hermes [French Oaks] meeting,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said on his club blog. 'Several other IFHA members including the UK, US, Germany and South Africa also participated in this exciting new initiative. 'All these major racing nations have now decided to go ahead with the global trifecta, and more racing clubs from other countries will be joining this pioneering bet commingling programme in the near future, among them the Singapore Turf Club. 'I felt very frustrated by the fact that Hong Kong's current legal and regulatory framework precludes our club from being a part of such an important development, and from standing on the same footing as our regional counterparts and other racing clubs and jurisdictions around the world. 'I also found it very difficult to explain to my overseas counterparts the rationale behind the restrictions we face in Hong Kong. For example, why is it that we can accept our customers' bets on the simulcast of the Singapore Airlines International Cup on May 18, but not on the Krisflyer International Sprint which also features Hong Kong-based runners and takes place at Kranji Racecourse on the same day?' Engelbrecht-Bresges again called on the government to take a more pragmatic view of the racing industry and enable it to better respond to the challenges of competition in the modern wagering and gaming marketplace. 'It's important for the future development of Hong Kong racing and our club that a number of changes and amendments can be made to current laws and regulations, as such measures will allow us to keep our activities synchronised with global racing development trends,' he said.