CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Sunday – 24th January 2016

Race day at Mahalakshmi Race Course of the Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd.
Dress code: Lounge Suit / Jacket


The 36th ARC gets off to a blazing start with The Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks Grade 1, an Indian Classic, for 4 years old, and The Asian Racing Conference Trophy, a Terms race for 3 years old only. Rest of the 8-race programme will be highly competitive with sponsored races. There will be festivities and entertainment galore. The delegates will be invited for lunch and High Tea will be served throughout the afternoon programme.
 

 

Monday – 25th January 2016
BUREAU MEETINGS
Asian Pattern Committee Meeting 9:00 – 11:00
ASBC 9:00 – 16:00
International Stewards Conference 9:00 – 16:00
ARF Executive Committee 11:00 – 12:30
ARF Management Committee 14:00 – 15:30
PR/Media Room & ARF Secretariat 9:00 – 18:00

 

OPENING CEREMONY

National Sports Club of India (NSCI)
Dress code: Lounge Suit / Jacket

 
It’s an extravagant start to a great week. Complemented with traditional Indian welcome performances to mind-defying dance acts, the ceremony promises to be one of its kind in the history of the ARC where leading Indian legends will be performing. The Conference will be inaugurated by a high level Indian Dignitary. The evening will be graced by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, who will deliver the key-note address, followed by other dignitaries.
 

 

Tuesday – 26th January 2016
Business Session 1
THE WAGERING LANDSCAPE
09:00 – 09:20 External forces and industry strategies
– Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
09:20 – 09:40 Distribution of Racing content by wagering operators
– Bernard Saundry
09:40 – 09:55 Innovation in wagering
– Tom Ascher
09:55 – 10:10 Future funding of UK racing
– Patrick Jay
10:10 – 10:45 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Business Session 2
BREEDING
11:05 – 11:10 Chairman’s Introduction
– Ronan Murphy
11:10 – 11:25 Global trends
– Jocelyn Moubray
11:25 – 11:40 Breeding industry in India
– Zavaray Poonawalla
11:40 – 11:55 Breeding and training in Japan
– Dr Akira Yamanobe
11:55 – 12:10 South Africa ‘s place in the International Breeding/Racing World
– Mick Goss
12:10 – 12:25 The German model
– Daniel Kruger
12:25 – 12:30 Role of the International Stud Book Committee
– Johnny Weatherby
12:30 – 13:00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Business Session 3
INDUSTRY PROFILES
14:00 – 14:10 Chairman’s Introduction
– Yu Pang Fey
14:10 – 14:25 Qatar
– Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi
14:25 – 14:40 Turkey
– Inanc Inal
14.40 – 14.55 KRA – New Racecourse in line with Race reform
– Park Yangtae
14.55-15.15 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Specialist Session 1
RACECOURSE MANAGEMENT
15.35-15.45 Chairman’s Introduction
– Frank Gabriel
15.45-16.00 Performance Measurement and Innovations
– John Ridley
16.00-16.15 Racecourse management in Japan
– Futoshi Sakakibara
16.15-16.30 Q&A / Panel Discussion

 

 

Wednesday – 27th January 2016
Business Session 4
RACING MEDIA AND THE 21ST CENTURY
09:00 – 09:15 Chairman’s Introduction
– Cyrus Madan
09:15 – 09:30 The Media, Racing and the 21st Century Sports Fan
– Debbie Spillane
09:30 – 09:45 Art in sport
– Jim Ramsay
09:45 – 10:00 Being AP
– Nick Ryle
10:00 – 10:30 Q&A / Panel Discussion
– Hayley Turner, Caroline Searcy, Howard Wright
Business Session 5
HOW WE MARKET RACING
10:50 – 11:10 Marketing Indian racing
– Vivek Jain
11:10 – 11:30 Update on racing experience shaping – Episode II
– Richard Cheung
11:30 – 11:45 Customer – orientated marketing innovation / KRA
– HEO Taeyoon
11:45 – 12:00 Tasracing : growth through innovation
– Dr Eliot Forbes
12:00-12:15 Leveraging sponsors involvement in racing
– Nick Addison
12.15-13.00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Specialist Session 2
HANDICAPPING & RACE PROGRAMMING
14.00-14.05 Chairman’s Introduction
– Bill Nader
14:05 – 14:20 Quality control
– Brian Kavanagh
14:20 – 14:35 Handicapping : Origins & Development
– Karel Miedema
14:35 – 14:50 Handicapping in India
– B. Shivaprasad
14:50 – 15:05 Developing a Rating System
– Nigel Gray
15:05 – 15:20 External Systems
– Simon Rowlands
15:20 – 16:00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Specialist Session 3
INTERNATIONAL HORSE MOVEMENTS
14:00 – 14:15 Chairman’s Introduction
– Dr Brian Stewart
14:15 – 14:40 Challenges & Opportunities for Indian Racing
– Dr F. F. Wadia
14:40 – 15:10 African Horse Sickness & South African Exports
– Dr Evan Sergeant
15:10 – 15:35 Working Through the OIE
– Dr Gardner Murray
15:35 – 16:00 Racing to the 1st Million Dollar Korea Cup
– Dr. Seungho Ryu

 

SOCIAL EVENING – CULTURAL NIGHT

Royal Western India Turf Club
Dress code: Lounge Suit / Jacket / Ethnic Wear

 
Decked up with an exquisite carnival set, the cultural night is an amalgamation of numerous performances. Spiced up with an array of art and dance forms representing various Indian states, the venue will be dotted with artifact and handicraft boutiques leveraging the event as a phenomenon which will be admired by all, and complemented with a Sufi Theme. The evening will also see a rare sit down traditional Parsee dinner which will be the piece-de-resistance!
 

 

Thursday – 28th January 2016
Business Session 6
DRUG-FREE RACING – ARE WE SUCCEEDING
09:00 – 09:15 Chairman’s Introduction
– Kaoru Obata
09.15-09.25 The International Federation’s anti-doping remit
– Louis Romanet
09.25-09.35 Changing the culture
– Dr Brian Stewart
09.35-09.45 The appropriate role of vets in stables
– Dr Jenny Hall
09.45-09.55 The owner’s perspective
– Terry Henderson
09.55-10.05 Underground work regarding gene doping
– Dr Tozaki
10.05-11.00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Business Session 7
RACING AND BREEDING IN CHINA
11.20-11.25 Chairman’s Introduction
– Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
11.25-11.45 The horse racing and horse culture in China
– Jia Youling
11.45-12.00 A systematic approach to supporting the development of racing in China
– Andrew Harding
12.00-12.15 Racehorse and horse ownership development in China
– Richard Cheung
12.15-12.30 Conghua Training Centre
– Anthony Kelly
12.30-13.00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
IMHC Core Meeting – 14:00 to 16:30 – Malabar
Business Session 8
THE RISING TIDE OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING
14:00 – 14:05 Chairman’s Introduction
– Greg Purcell
14:05 – 14:25 Illegal betting and organised crime in Asia
– Martin Purbrick
14:25 – 14:40 Who bets with the Asian illegal operators?
– Rupert Bolingbroke
14:40 – 14:55 Law enforcement approach to the problem of illegal betting
– Neil Paterson
14:55 – 15:00 The betting operator’s perspective
– Tim Moore-Barton
15:00 – 15:25 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Business Session 9
FRESH ANGLES
15.40-15.55 Macau Jockey Club
– Marie May Dangol
15.55-16:15 Innovators’ Circle
– Doug Reed
16.15-16.30 Q&A / Panel Discussion

 

CLOSING CEREMONY – BOLLYWOOD NIGHT

Royal Western India Turf Club
Dress code: Lounge Suit / Jacket

 
Embellished with an opulent set-up, the Bollywood night is a starry affair. Spiced up with an array of dance numbers ranging from the Classical era to the new age contemporary dance and leading Bollywood DJ session, the evening will witness the presence of film stars and known personalities. Also, augmenting the spirit of the event will be a phenomenal closing with a fireworks show.