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May 15 (Tue) / COEX Auditorium (3F)

Plenary Session 1
Title Racing through the Asian Century
Description Leading futurist and demographer, Bernard Salt AM, will deliver a keynote presentation, “Racing through the Asian Century”. The address will focus on the key current and future demographic trends which will characterise the ‘Asian Century’, and present both opportunities and challenges for global racing.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Opening Remarks on Business Program of 37th ARC Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges GBS JP,  Asian Racing Federation  
Keynote: Racing through the Asian Century Bernard Salt AM, The Demographics group
Plenary Session 2
Title Racing – A Global Brand
Description Led by the Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, this session will explore a vision for the development of a global brand of racing. It will also include a presentation from CEO of Media for Manchester United, Mr Phil Lynch, regarding the development of Manchester United’s global brand and its implementation.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
The Creation of a Global Brand for Racing: The Challenge and Opportunity Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges GBS JP, Asian Racing Federation
Manchester United – A Global Brand Phil Lynch, Manchester United
Panel Discussion Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Asian Racing Federation
Louis Romanet
Bernard Salt AM, The Demographics group
Phil Lynch, Manchester United
 
Plenary Session 3
Title Reaching and Expanding Racing Fan Base
Description This wide-ranging session will examine how racing’s evolving fan base is best to be reached and expanded, now and into the future. The session will feature:
• An exploration of the sports broadcast landscape and horizon;
• Analysis of recent innovations in digital fan engagement;
• Leading programs designed to drive diversity in racing
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
An Exploration of the Current and Future UK Racing Broadcast Landscape Niall Sloane, ITV
Broadcasting Technology Trends and Live Sports TV Oonagh Chan, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Can the “Sport of Kings” Learn from the “King of e-Sports”? MinKi Shim, Korea Racing Authority
Lunch  
Driving Diversity Throughout Racing Victoria Carter ONZM, NZ Thoroughbred Racing
British Racing’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Susannah Gill, Arena Racing Company
"It's All About the Girls": Female Ownership Syndicates Anna Seitz Ciannello, Fasig Tipton
UMAJO - Our Project to Enhance Ladies to Racecourse Megumi Ichiyama, Japan Racing Association
Plenary Session 4
Title The Modern Elite Jockey – A Sports Medicine Perspective (Part A) and Vocational Training Masterclass (Part B)
Description Part A, “The Modern Elite Jockey – A Sports Medicine Perspective”, will explore the demands on professional jockeys and how sports medicine and sports science is changing training, and injury prevention and treatment. Part B, “Vocational Training Masterclass” will look at how the professionalisation of racing continues to require that racing authorities enhance and develop the training they provide to participants and administrators. This session will see presentations from the experts in vocational training.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
The Modern Elite Jockey - A Sports Medicine Perspective YUNG Shu-hang, Patrick, Hong Kong Centre for Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences
The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Vocational Training Program Amy Chan JP, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Britain's Rider Training Program Grant Harris, British Racing School
Panel Discussion YUNG Shu-hang, Patrick, Hong Kong Centre for Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences
Amy Chan JP, Hong Kong Jockey Club  
Grant Harris, British Racing School
 

May 16 (Wed) / COEX Auditorium (3F)

Plenary Session 5
Title Global Wagering Leaders – Current Strategies and Opportunities
Description Bringing together an elite line-up of wagering leaders, this session is destined to raise and consider the key issues faced by the wagering industry around the globe. Conference delegates will hear from those at the helm as they outline their strategies, and share their views, on the opportunities and challenges for racing wagering now, and into the future.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction: Global Wagering Leaders – Current Strategies and Opportunities for the Asian Market Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges GBS JP, Asian Racing Federation
Expanding horseracing’s international footprint: JRA Simulcasting
Expanding Our Fan Base through International Simulcast
Masayuki Goto, Japan Racing Association
Domestic Market Strategies and External Opportunities David Attenborough, Tabcorp
British Racing's Wagering Strategy Nick Rust, British Horseracing Authority (BHA)
Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Wagering Strategy Richard Cheung, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
British Racing’s Pool Betting Simon Bazalgette, The Jockey Club
Panel Discussion Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges GBS JP, Asian Racing Federation
Masayuki Goto, Japan Racing Association
David Attenborough, Tabcorp
Nick Rust, British Horseracing Authority (BHA)
Richard Cheung, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Simon Bazalgette, The Jockey Club
 
Plenary Session 6
Title Sports and Racing Integrity Under the Microscope
Description This session will see the integrity of global sport and racing put under the microscope. Key integrity threats to sport and racing will be identified, and major recent cases examined. The session will also evaluate how sports and racing bodies are responding to integrity threats, and unearth what lies ahead.
Subject Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction KIM, Nag Soon, Korea Racing Authority
Recent and Current Integrity Issues in World Sport Jack Anderson, Melbourne University
Global Racing Integrity Issues and the Regulators' Response Jack Forrest, Supreme Court of Victoria
Panel Discussion KIM, Nag Soon, Korea Racing Authority
Jack Anderson, Melbourne University
Jack Forrest, Supreme Court of Victoria
 
Plenary Session 7
Title Racing and Popular Culture
Description This session steps away from the day-to-day business of racing and takes us on a journey to places where our sport connects with popular culture. Some of the best storytellers who have taken racing as their muse will be interviewed and enjoyed.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction KIM, Nag Soon, Korea Racing Authority
Stephen Romei, The Australian
Poem - "Kam sa ham ni da" Henry Birtles, HBA Media
“Mr Darley’s Arabian” Chris McGrath, Thoroughbred Daily News  
  Jongduk Kim, Korea Racing Authority
Rediscovering Horse Culture in Korea Stephen Romei, The Australian
Henry Birtles, HBA Media
Chris McGrath, Thoroughbred Daily News
Jongduk Kim, Korea Racing Authority
 
Panel Discussion    
Plenary Session 8
Title Gene Doping and Veterinary Regulation
Description This session will include presentations on the critical threat of equine gene doping, and what it means for racing. The session will also bring equine veterinary and science specialists together to showcase some of racing’s latest and most significant research projects.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction Makoto Inoue, Japan Racing Association
Background to the Gene Doping Control Sub-Committee and Regulatory Approaches Kanichi Kusano, Japan Racing Authority
A World First Test to Detect Horse Gene Doping Natasha Hamilton, Racing Australia
Gene Doping Detection Methods: Now and the Future Teruaki Tozaki, Faculty of Laboratory of Racing Chemistry Japan
Introduction to Latest Equine Research Projects Brian Stewart, The Hong Kong Jockey Club  
Assisting Veterinary Regulators in Performing Their Functions Tim Parkin, University of Glasgow
Research in the racing industry: Preventing limb injuries Chris Whitton, University of Melbourne
Stepping Forward on Veterinary Regulation in the KRA HeeEun Song, Korea Racing Authority

May 17 (Thur) / COEX Auditorium (3F)

Plenary Session 9
Title Equine Welfare
Description The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses will deliver a keynote address on its work, and the Man O’ War Project which involves equine-assisted therapy. In addition, this session will:
• Examine how early foal registration and a stronger focus on traceability can impact equine welfare programmes and outcomes; and
• Explore how technology can transform equine training and welfare outcomes.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction Frances Nelson QC, Racing Australia  
IFAR strategic goals and Man O'War Project Jim Gagliano, US Jockey Club
Improved Welfare Outcomes from Early Foal Registration and a Stronger Focus on Traceability Frances Nelson QC, Racing Australia
The Role of Technological Innovations in Enhancing Equine Welfare & Performance Sam Franklin, University of Adelaide  
Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Equine Welfare Strategy Peter Curl, The Hong Kong Jockey Club  
Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Equine Welfare Strategy Amanda Bond, The Hong Kong Jockey Club  
A New Start for the Promotion of Horse Welfare in Korea Kyungwon Park, Korea Racing Authority  
Hainan Development Update Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges GBS JP,  Asian Racing Federation
Plenary Session 10
Title Anti-Illegal Betting and Money Laundering
Description Illegal betting on thoroughbred racing is, and will continue to be, a major threat to the integrity and financial health of racing. The interrelationship between illegal betting, money laundering and criminality is of concern to the racing industry and governments alike.

This session will provide an in-depth look at the latest developments in the response by regulators to the threat of money laundering, including a review of recent scandals which have impacted major financial institutions in the Asian region.

In addition, the Asian Racing Federation’s groundbreaking Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce, which was established following the 36th Asian Racing Conference, will present on the important work it has carried out to date.

Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Introduction Anti-Illegal Betting & Money Laundering Martin Purbrick, The Hong Kong Jockey Club  
Update on Anti-Illegal Wagering Taskforce Douglas Robinson, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Anti-money Laundering: Recent Developments from Australia, Japan, Korea and Beyond Stacey Steele, University of Melbourne
The Magnitude of Illegal Betting in the Horse Racing Industry in South Korea and Countermeasures for Illegal Horse Racing Business Activities Changhun Lee, Hannam University
Plenary Session 11
Title Industry Profiles
Description The Asian Racing Federation includes a wide and diverse range of racing jurisdictions. This session will highlight and embrace that diversity as the conference receives profiles on the current and future landscape of the racing industries of three ARF members.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Iran - An Insight into Iranian Racing Masoud Khalili, Iran Equestrian Federation
Promoting the Racing Sports in Macau, to take a New Persona Kwang Eng Seong, Macau Jockey Club
South Africa - Opportunities for International Expansion Lyndon Barends, The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa
Plenary Session 12
Title Racetrack Management and Safety
Description Racetrack design, preparation and management are fundamental to the success of racing, and the safety of our horses and riders. This session will look into recent developments in racetrack design and management, from running rails to surfaces, and delve into the complex issue of what makes a racetrack safe.
Topic Chair & Speakers Presentation File Link
Racetrack Design – Striving for Safety and Consistency John Ridley, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
JRA Effort to Minimize Horse Injury in Training and Racing Makoto Inoue, Japan Racing Association
Surface Preparation at Major Arenas and Multi-Use Venues Graeme Logan, Sydney ANZ Stadium
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