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HKJC To Play Greater Role In Global Racing Direction
Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges "has declared Hong Kong will play a much bigger, steering role in the direction of world racing after this week's Asian Racing Conference in Istanbul" reported the South China Morning Post. Having "stood down from the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) chairmanship in May 2009 over the unilateral relicensing of banned jockey Chris Munce by Racing NSW in Australia", Engelbrecht-Bresges "was elected to a vice-chairman position again this week". Outgoing Australian Racing Board CEO Andrew Harding "who will soon join the Jockey Club" was reconfirmed as the secretary general. The result [of] Harding's appoitment is that "the ARF base will now move to Hong Kong, but Engelbrecht-Bresges, who is also vice-chairman of the world governing body, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), said this meant more than an Asian regional organisation moving the office chairs." Engelbrecht-Bresges was quoted as saying: "There will be more dedicated efforts to bring world racing to the next stage, and to do this you need more resources and a more strategic position - and that will come from Hong Kong.... That will enable us to drive initiatives which go not only across the Asian region but will have an impact on how international racing will develop".