BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR

KIRK HOPING FOR A BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR IN EBF BREEDERS' SERIES FILLIES HANDICAP

 
Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket.

Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.  

Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.

Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:

"She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”

David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:

"The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea.  Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”

The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them or retire them.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644

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International movement of horses boosted and more can be achieved

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.

 Dr Brian Stewart, the Head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services at Racing Victoria in Australia, told delegates that the continued rise of international competition in horse racing is of significant importance, both for the sport itself, and for the venues and the regions that host racings major events. As an example, he noted that Melbournes Spring Carnival is now worth over A$600 million to the State of Victoria and that international participation had been credited with revitalising the event over recent years.

 Stewart, also Chairman of the IMHC (International Movement of Horses Committee), said that although travelling racehorses to Australia was a major undertaking, the country had made a great deal of progress in easing travel restrictions, including significant Post Entry Quarantine and Post Arrival Quarantine changes in 2013.

 He added that the reduction of the quarantine period for arriving overseas horses from three weeks to two weeks was clearly more attractive to international participants, and that further changes in stabling arrangements and the timing of equine influenza vaccinations had also helped. In addition, Dr Stewart reinforced the point that for progress to continue, it was vital that racing authorities understood the role and the priorities of relevant Government agencies, and worked collaboratively in the interests of the industry and the nation itself.

 "Movement protocols are controlled by national government authorities who are inherently conservative and risk averse. We cannot simply wish for change nor can we force it. We must develop trusting relationships with the government authorities on a science based approach, and the concessions we have achieved in Australia have come about as a consequence of those two things, science and trust," Dr Stewart said.

 Dr Susanne Munstermann, Chargee de Mission of the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), outlined the concept of the HHP  high health, high performance horse - which could be defined as a sub-population of the global equine population and ought to be assessed differently from the wider population.

 "Horses under close veterinary supervision, such as those governed by the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities), present a low health risk when travelled. They are identified and traceable and they enter countries on a temporary basis for competition, not for breeding," Dr Munstermann said.

 She also noted the perceived challenges to international travel in outlining the OIEs proposal on the facilitation of international horse movement which calls for collaboration with the high performance horse bodies.

 Of particular significance was the partnership between the IFHA and the FEI (International Equestrian Federation), resulting in the formation of the International Horse Sports Confederation, to formalise co-operation between the worlds leading governing bodies for equestrian sport.

 "Racing and equestrian sports bodies must emphasise to governments the socio-economic benefits of expanding HHP horses industries," Dr Munstermann said.

 Echoing Dr Stewarts view that increased movement of horses internationally was vital to the growth of the multi-billion dollar horse racing industry were representatives of two other major racing nations.

 Dr Anthony Kettle, Head of the Veterinary Department of the Dubai Racing Club, supported the HHP proposal, describing it as "a vehicle to solve the current problems hampering growth in the horse racing industry.

 "The equine industry and government veterinary services must work together," said Dr Kettle who emphasised the need to write a set of harmonised conditions in a multi-billion dollar industry.

 Peter Gibson, CEO of Racing South Africa, called on the worlds horse importing countries to revisit their import conditions and negotiate new terms with the South African veterinary authority. "We call on our fellow horse racing nations to rally behind our cause, said Gibson, who pointed to further risk mitigating components being implemented in South African quarantine procedures.

 "Internationalisation is the key to stimulating South African racing," Gibson said.

 Dr Stewart summed up as follows: "We are at a point in time where we have the significant opportunity of achieving change and harmonisation. The involvement of the OIE is a great partnership which can raise awareness and build confidence.

 'There are further benefits to come from harmonisation and significant potential for change, especially in developing countries," Dr Stewart said.

 

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

 

 

Dr Susanne Munstermann, Charge de Mission of World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), speaks on the concept of the "high health, high performance horse.

 

Dr Anthony Kettle, Head of the Veterinary Department of the Dubai Racing Club, speaks to all delegates in the session.

 

Peter Gibson, CEO of Racing South Africa, expresses his views at this concurrent session.

 

Dr Michelle Yeung, Senior Veterinary Officer of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong SAR (centre), also attends this session today. She smiles for cameras with Dr Brian Stewart (left) and Dr Christopher Riggs, Head of Veterinary Clinical Services of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (right).