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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The first of these sessions, chaired by Asian Racing Federation Chairman Dr Koji Sato, commenced with an overview of horseracing in Mainland China over the past 20 years, presented by Dr Kim Mak, the Hong Kong Jockey Clubs Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, summarising the key racecourses and racing clubs that have emerged, and in some cases subsequently closed. And Dr Kyo Shimizu of the JAIRS Registration Department told attendees about the need for education in China regarding thoroughbred registration.

 

Tian Hua, Deputy Secretary General of the China Equestrian Association (CEA), said: "Although the Chinese horse industry has a short history, horseracing has been picking up rapidly over the past few years and the China Equestrian Association is working to actively promote the development of horse racing.

 

"The future Chinese racing development needs more international support, and support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and from the Asian Racing Federation, she continued. "We sincerely welcome friends from around the world to cooperate with us to jointly promote the prosperity and development of Chinese horse racing, the industry and horse culture.

 

Madam Tian spoke of the Chinese Governments approach to the international development of horse racing and outlined the official structure under which horse racing is organised in China, with the sport coming under the jurisdiction of the China Equestrian Association, the officially permitted body under the auspices of Chinas General Administration of Sport (GAS).

 

"The sport has already become a key project in the development of Chinese sport and has gathered support from the government, she said.

 

"The CEA aims to enhance the regulatory and technical standard of Chinese equestrians; promote the link among all members and deepen the friendship between the CEA and equestrian associations from around the world, and cooperation with the ARF and other international associations, added Madam Tian, who also told delegates that China would wish to engage with the industry to improve infrastructure, including the training of participants.

 

Professor Han Guocai, Vice Chairman of the China Horse Industry Association looked at the history, current situation and future outlook for the horse industry in China. He told delegates that China had 29 indigenous breeds; 13 new breeds since the 1950s and 10 imported breeds, including about 3000 thoroughbreds, of which about 400 had been registered in the China Stud Book. He noted that China had 16 racetracks with sufficient facilities to host horse races.

 

He said: "We would like support from the international racing community; help to organise races and integrate the resources of owners in China with international organisations; we are keen to learn, to upgrade, to improve; and we want to contribute to horseracing in China and the world.

 

At the session, Dr Chris Riggs, HKJCs Head of Veterinary Clinical Services, gave attendees an insight into the equestrian veterinary landscape in China.  In outlining the current challenges, he noted the lack of qualified vets, their low status in Chinese society, and the dearth of necessary clinical facilities, as well as the absence of drugs, and the regulatory restrictions that hinder the involvement of overseas vets.  But he also noted some positive developments, including among other things, the commitment of dedicated young vets on the ground.

 

"The Hong Kong Jockey Club has a genuine wish to support horse welfare in Mainland China, develop relevant skills and share our skills and knowledge, he said. 

 

Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, chaired the second of the final sessions at which he said: "We had a very open and fact-finding first session where we should note that the equestrian industry in China was calling on us to assist in their development.  Its important the ARF helps China in establishing a regulatory framework with a major focus on building capabilities in China,

 

HKJC Executive Director of Racing, Mr William A Nader, updated delegates about the Clubs ongoing Conghua training centre development; "This is one of the biggest projects in the history of the Jockey Club.  Our training centre at Conghua has one purpose: to sustain and support the great racing that we enjoy in Hong Kong.

 

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