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The news of the year 2014
Disturbing trends at Mysore

September 10, 2014: There was a spate of questionable happenings at Mysore in last week’s racing which calls for severe action on the part of the authorities. If the authorities are found wanting, it is sure to erode the confidence of race goers in the powers to govern on the part of Mysore Race Club which became an independent turf authority earlier this year.
By: Sharan Kumar

Jockeys not to accept rides at Mysore

August 20, 2014: The Jockeys Association of India wants to go on warpath in support of their demands which among others include resistance to any norms. The JAI in the same breath wants the turf clubs to introduce norms on their behalf like reviewing a jockeys license after first two years of being licensed and continue their license only if they have achieved minimum standards!
By: Sharan Kumar

Points that RWITC Stewards should ponder

July 28, 2014: In any sport, champions are well respected. Their presence greatly helps in building confidence of people especially in a field like horse racing where trust element is lacking. Unfortunately the authorities have rarely bothered to take care of those who are good advertisement to the sport. Instead, these successful people are targeted unfairly.
By: Sharan Kumar

Multidimensional cross shows a peerless pattern

July 15, 2014: WHEN one thinks of the fine art of thoroughbred breeding, the word `India` doesn`t readily come to mind. Yet this emerging economic giant has a well-established racehorse industry, with some intriguing lessons for breeders in other parts of the world.
By: Mark Latham

Racing should be structured like inverted pyramid

July 8, 2014: There is urgent need to revamp the prospectus to ensure that we have more of good quality racing than being condemned to mediocrity. There is too much of the bottom and less of the top. Racing should be structured like an inverted pyramid with the best quality racing getting due importance. In the name of social justice, the authorities have tinkered with the system, resulting in the sport losing its charm.
By: Sharan Kumar

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Australia rules the world with Derby success

June 7, 2014: Aidan O’Brien claimed a record third straight Derby success after Australia, described by the master trainer as the best horse he has trained, lived up to the billing with a show-stopping success in Britain’s premier Flat race, the Gr 1 Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday. Twenty-one year old Joseph O’Brien who guided the faovurite to victory was thus recording his second success in this event.
By: Racingpost

BTC should take a call on its conscience

June 4, 2014: Bangalore Turf Club is not known to have uniform sets of rules and regulations for all. The decisions are often taken to suit its own interests and not based on overall interest of the sport or those involved with it. The turf club needs to immediately address the issue pertaining to injured jockeys who have been left to fend for themselves. The club needs to be more responsive towards its responsibility for those who are the linchpins of the sport.
By: Sharan Kumar

Sixth Turf Authority of India takes birth

May 27, 2014: The Mysore Race Club which celebrated its centenary year of racing in 1991 will become the sixth Turf Authority of India when the club’s flag is unfurled just before the start of the summer season on Tuesday. The long standing desire to become an independent turf authority became a reality when the Turf Authorities of India granted such recognition in March at Hyderabad.
By: Sharan Kumar

BTC takes a big gamble for Summer Season

May 22, 2014: The Bangalore Turf Club has taken a big gamble during the Summer Season by cutting half a per cent from its commission on totalisator pool on win, place and second horse place. The club has also made a drastic cut in its take on forecast and quinella pools to boost the returns to the punters who patronize the club operated betting pools. Bookmakers in the second enclosure have been done away with.
By: Sharan Kumar

All eyes on Appeal Board of RWITC

May 18, 2014: Champion trainer Pesi Shroff’s appeal against nine month suspension for his ward Bulls Eye testing positive for Boldenone on arrival from Nanoli Stud Farm is to be heard by the Appeal Board of Royal Western India Turf Club on Monday. The Appeal Board has an onerous task of going through the tons of evidence before taking its decision keeping in mind the principles of natural justice and fair play.
By: Frankel

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Medication rules need drastic overhaul

May 17, 2014: There has been persistent demand from race horse trainers to rationalise the medication rules which on the face of it appear flawed and needs a drastic overhaul. However, the authorities have steadfastly refused to accede to the plea of the professionals and stuck to archaic rules. Medication is often confused with doping of horses and hence the authorities are loathing making any change fearing criticism.
By: Sea Bird

Jinx affects start of Summer Season

May 13, 2014: The Bangalore Summer Season has a history of not starting on time either for manmade reasons or nature’s fury. The last decade has seen strikes mostly by trainers and race horse owners causing the cancellation of first two days of racing. Scanty rainfall and inadequate preparation on the part of the powers that be has resulted in the start of the season being jinxed yet again.
By: Sharan Kumar

Call for international cooperation to battle corruption

May 9, 2014: 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. Corruption is sport is growing due to the amount of money involved in betting and global response is needed to protect the integrity of the sport.
By: Our Correspondent

Asian breeding development in the spotlight

May 8, 2014: The breeding industries in India, Turkey and the Philippines came under the microscope at the 35th Asian Racing Conference this afternoon at a session chaired by Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, the inaugural Chairman of the Asian Stud Book and the owner of India`s biggest stud farm, Poonawalla Stud Farm.
By: Our Correspondent

India to host 36th Asian Racing Conference

May 8, 2014: 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. The conference welcomed a record number of almost 800 delegates. The final act of the 35th ARC was the official handover of the Asian Racing Federation flag to the host of the 36th ARC, India, which will hold the event in Mumbai in early 2016.
By: Our Correspondent

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Racing is a great democracy, says Bill Barich

May 8, 2014: Bill Barich, lead writer for the HBO racing series Luck, and best-selling author Don Watson drew a rapt assembly of delegates to the plenary session, titled: ‘Connecting racing with popular culture’, at the 35th Asian Racing Conference, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Bill Barich said: “racing is a great democracy” in the way it brings people together from all walks of life.
By: Our Correspondent

Racing industry urged to immerse viewers in the sport

May 8, 2014: 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.
By: Our Correspondent

California Chrome claims 140th Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2014: Derby dreams, no matter how improbable, do come true. Favored California Chrome pulled clear in the stretch to win the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by 1 3/4 lengths over Commanding Curve at Churchill Downs before164,906, the second-largest crowd in Derby history. California Chrome is the first horse bred in the Golden State in 52 years to win the Kentucky Derby, and just the fourth ever.
By: Bloodhorse

In BTC there is no retirement or recruitment!

May 1, 2014: The Bangalore Turf Club authorities hate taking any decision especially if they have to withstand pressure as well. There is urgent need for BTC to infuse fresh blood by licensing new trainers before those who have been waiting for eternity quit in disgust. Then BTC may have to advertise for trainers with the desperation that it has shown in respect of senior positions in the club.
By: Sharan Kumar

Attractive added money for all sweepstakes races

April 24, 2014: The Bangalore Summer Season, starting on Saturday, May 17 is the most competitive racing season in the country. With the best of outstation horses, albeit in limited numbers, coming for the season, every major race of the season will be a keenly contested one. The terms of the races are such that they don’t become the monopoly of the best performed horses.
By: Our Correspondent

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BTC embarks on a tricky course

April 21, 2014: The Bangalore Turf Club has embarked on a major experiment with regard to the race track with the Summer Season set to start three weeks from now. The turf club authorities, in their wisdom have decided to discard the use of traditional tan bark on the track. The new person appointed as the Clerk of the Course is going to prepare the track using a mix of red soil and manure and possibly a bit of sand.
By: Sharan Kumar

Record hike in stakes for Bangalore Summer Season

April 15, 2014: The Bangalore Summer Season, set to start on Saturday, May 17 will see a massive increase of about 30 per cent in stakes, subsidy and incentives, perhaps the highest ever effected by any turf club in one racing season The summer season will see the turf club give out Rs 22 crores as against Rs 17 crores given last year.
By: Sharan Kumar

Dr Poonawalla, Business Leader of the Year

April 8, 2014: Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes Serum Institute of India won the Asian Business Leader of the Year award for his outstanding contribution in the field of medicine. G P Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group presented the award to Poonawalla and hailed his achievements at a glittering function at Grosvenor House Hotel, London Friday night.
By: Our Correspondent

African Story roars to World Cup success

March 29, 2014: Silvestre De Sousa Guided Godolpin Racing’s African Story to a comfortable victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, at Meydan on Saturday. The victory provided trainer Saeed bin Siroor his sixth success in this mega event. Sheikh Mohammed, who owns Godolphin, earned his seventh win in the 19-year history of the world`s richest horse race.
By: Our Correspondent

The RWITC soap rolls on relentlessly

March 25, 2014: The Royal Western India Turf Club has been churning out soap that can rival the ones that play out on Indian Television sets. Every issue gets blown out of proportion. Charges of intrigue, conspiracy, sabotage and one-upmanship fly thick and fast. The latest is the slug fest between champion trainer Pesi Shroff and erstwhile friend Cooji Katrak and the controversial suspension of the former for vicarious responsibility.
By: Sharan Kumar

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Momentous occasion for Mysore Race Club

March 5, 2014: Getting Mysore Race Club independent turf authority status was the dream of all the administrators of the sport. Finally that status has been granted to Mysore. Chaduranga Kanthraj Urs who served as Chairman of Mysore Race Club for several years, outlines his vision for the club. Mysore should develop on the lines of Hong Kong in every aspect, he says in this article which also highlights the developments leading to the realization of the dream.
By: Chaduranga Kanthraj Urs

Speed Six, Marinsky look formidable in Sprinters Cup

March 1, 2014: The Gr 1 Sprinters Cup is one of the most interesting races held during the Invitation Cup weekend. The race has always thrown surprises, with upsets being par for this race. This is so because most of the horses are well matched and critical factors like draw, positioning of horses and trouble free passage having a bearing on the final outcome.
By: Sharan Kumar

Boldenone controversy comes to haunt RWITC

February 13, 2014: The Boldenone controversy has come to haunt RWITC yet again. After the last episode involving three trainers Pesi Shroff, Cooji Katrak and Shiraz Sunderji whose wards came positive, the Stewards took action on the respective trainers which was later set aside following the Maharashtra government agency finding which stated that feed supplements were contaminated. This time around, the controversy threatens to shake the very foundation of the sport.
By: Sharan Kumar

Alaindair sits atop Invitation pecking order

February 10, 2014: The Invitation Cup is just three weeks away and Hyderabad plays host this year. Alaindair who recorded a sensational win in the Indian Derby will be a strongly fancied runner. Dr Nevill Devlaliwala, part owner confirmed that Alaindair came out of the Indian Derby in great shape and is going to Hyderabad and possibly with An Acquired Taste subject to the latter being invited.”
By: Tom Krish

Murioi bids to become best horse in country

January 30, 2014: The mega event of the Indian racing calendar, the Gr 1 McDowell Indian Derby has generated unprecedented excitement thanks to the buildup. It is the dream of every race horse owner to win this prestigious event which is marked by glamour and glitz. The Sunday’s event will see Bangalore challenger Murioi going into the race as a favourite.
By: Sharan Kumar

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Bangalore Derby looks wide open

January 25, 2014: The Gr 1 Bangalore Winter Derby to be run on the Republic Day looks wide open though the quality of runners are par for this race. The reason why one is unable to pick any horse with conviction is because the contestants lack the aura associated with a Derby runner. Agostini, Sur La Tete, The Ministerian can be considered as frontline contenders.
By: Sharan Kumar

Dilip Thomas, a true racing addict

January 22, 2014: Horse racing in India has prospered principally because successive generations have kept their interest in the sport alive. The game hasn’t spread to any new centre since independence. Chennai based Dilip Thomas is a third generation race horse owner. In this new column called Introducing, we hope to write about all the long standing race horse owners who have contributed to the growth of the sport in India.
By: Sharan Kumar

Circle of Life can break the jinx in Oaks

January 17, 2014: Pesi Shroff trained Circle of Life is the winner of just one race but nevertheless she goes into the Gr 1 Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks which is slated to be run on Saturday as the overwhelming favourite. There are solid reasons to support her claims though in classics, lack of winning habit has proved to be detrimental the talent notwithstanding.
By: Sharan Kumar

Pradeep Chouhan contests HRC Claim

January 15, 2014: Jockey Pradeep Chouhan has said that the claim of Hyderabad Race Club that the stay order with regard to his suspension has been vacated by the Hon’ble High Court is travesty of truth and preposterous. Chouhan has said even the letter issued by the club makes it clear that the Hon’ble High Court is yet to hear their Petition for recall of interim orders. In this context it is quite strange for the officials to spread rumors that the inter order has been recalled,’’ Chouhan said.
By: Our Correspondent

Conspiracy theories dominate the mindset

January 8, 2014: The mindset of race-goers has undergone a sea change in India. They seem to attribute motives if the result goes in a particular way. There is no acceptance that the result of a race was a fair verdict that came about because of a properly contested race. Conspiracy theories abound. Every winner or a loser has a story behind it.
By: Tom Krish

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Usha Stud Farm sets a new benchmark

January 7, 2014: 300 classics in 30 years could well be the new catchline for Usha Stud Farm. The Stud Farm recently touched the milestone of 300 classics when Artesia won the Calcutta Oaks late last month. Usha Stud Farm is the youngest stud farm to achieve this feat. The Poonawalla Stud Farm is the other stud farm in India with this distinction though got over a longer period. The rest of the stud farms in India are not in the range.
By: Sharan Kumar

   
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