The 2005 Launch of the Exciting Asian Mile Challenge Series
In 2005 the "Asian Mile Challenge" was started by the alliance of the Champions Mile (Hong Kong) and the Yasuda Kinen (Japan).
The Asian Mile Challenge is a series of four one-mile Thoroughbred horse races. Created in 2005, the series was launched with two races, one in Hong Kong, the other in Japan. In 2006, the Melbourne Racing Club of Australia and the Dubai Racing Club of the United Arab Emirates joined the series. (Wikipedia)
This was the official website.
Content is from the site's 2005 archived pages.
For more information about the Asian Racing Conference go to their current website at: www.asianracing.org/
For more information about the Hong Kong Jockey Club go to their current website at: www.hkjc.com/home/english/index.aspx
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An aside: As long as I can remember my father has followed international horse racing. In 2007 he was in Australia for the start of the 2007 Asian Mile Challenge. He watched the second leg of the challenge that was held in Dubai from Hong Kong where he was living. The third leg was in Hong Kong so it was easy to attend. And then he flew to Tokyo, Japan that June for a business meeting which just happened to coincide with the fourth leg of the series, He was and still is a race horsing aficionado.
Jump ahead to 2021. My father has retired and after several falls that left him physically compromised, he now lives close by to me at an assisted living facility called Hart Heritage in Bel Air Maryland. I used to visit him weekly before the pandemic. Now that the facility has been able to have all residents and staff vaccinated, I am hoping that this spring I will be able to return to seeing him in person. In the meantime, we set up weekly Facetime meeting between us. I catch him up on all the recent horse racing news. I know he checks several websites including www.thoroughbrednews.com.au/ which covers not only international news, but also in depth news for Hong Kong and Australia, before speaking with me since he queries me about various races. Although the Asian Mile Challenge is no more, there are plenty of other international races to follow.
Member countries within the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) generate 64% of the world's betting turnover on horses racing, breed 35% of the world's thoroughbreds and offer 51% of the world's thoroughbred prize money. The Asian Mile Challenge is the latest development in a history of close co-operation between the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and the Japan Racing Association (JRA), both of which are members of the ARF.
In a unique initiative, these two prestigious racing organisations have combined to link their individual mile races. The HKJC Champions Mile and the JRA Yasuda Kinen are major mile championship races in their own countries. In a world first any horse that can win both of the prestigious races in 2005 will receive a US$1,000,000 bonus.
For many years the doyens of international breeding have espoused the advantages of selecting stallions who have been successful at the highest level at a mile. Through the co-operation of the HKJC and JRA, there is now an opportunity within the most important racing federation in the world to identify a champion miler.
The Yasuda Kinen has been open to international competition since 1993 while the Champions Mile will be open to international competition for the first time. Importantly, keeping with the internationalisation of racing, both races and the bonus prize are open to horses from anywhere in the world.
The challenge has been launched, the prize money is in place, we invite you to nominate your horse to secure your place in racing history on the turf at Sha Tin and Tokyo.
Are you up to the challenge?
5 June 2005
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Hong Kong representative Silent Witness (No.12) battles on well under Felix Coetzee to snatch a creditable third, a head behind runner-up Sweep Tosho (No. 11) in the 1600-metre Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo Racecourse today. Asakusa Den'en (No.7) wins the race in 1:32.3.
|Photo 3, 4 & 5
Bowman's Crossing (No.10), Silent Witness (No.12), Bullish Luck ( No.16), at the parade ring before the race.
Presentation ceremony of Yasuda Kinen on turf.
NOMINATIONS & SELECTION
- Nominations must be made before 12 noon local time on Tuesday 26 April 2005.
- There is no nomination fee.
- There will be no supplementary entries.
- Overseas nominations should be lodged as stipulated on the nomination form.
- The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) reserves the right to reject nominations at any time at its discretion whether or not they have been previously accepted.
Selection of the final field for the 2005 Champions Mile will be carried out through the following process:
- The International Panel of Senior Handicappers and Racing Officials will rank all overseas horses that have been nominated for the race. The Panel will advise the HKJC of their recommendations for selections and if necessary, reserves, in both national and international rank order, paying particular attention to each horse's past performances over the specific distance of the race.
- The HKJC, following advice from the Panel, has the sole authority and discretion in determining the line-up of the race, and the decision of the HKJC shall be final.
- The race is limited to 14 starters, with a maximum of 7 starters selected from the international entries.
- Selection of Hong Kong entries will be decided at the sole discretion of a Selection Panel comprising of the Executive Director of Racing and Head of Handicapping of the HKJC. Hong Kong horses would be expected to have performed satisfactorily at Group level.
- The HKJC has, as a selection priority, the overall quality of the fields for the race. The HKJC reserves the right, and has the sole authority to decide on the number of runners of the race, after careful consideration of any entry's overall standing and potential to perform adequately in the race. Therefore any entry, whether national or international, is not guaranteed selection even if the selections are less than the maximum 14 starters.
- For overseas owners, the declaration fee of HK$80,000 must be paid through their account with the nominated Racing Authorities as recognised by HKJC, or lodged in the account of the HKJC (bank details below) by no later than close of business (HK time) on Wednesday 11 May 2005, or paid by bank draft presented to the HKJC by 8.00 am (HK time) on Thursday 12 May 2005.
Beneficiary: THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB Banker: HONGKONG & SHANGHAI BANKING CORP. LTD
1 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL
Account no.: 002-241354-001 Amount: HK$80,000
Owners are required to fax a copy of the telegraphic transfer remittance/requisition slip directly to the HKJC's International Racing Department (fax: (852) 2966 7000). All incoming payments and transfers must be accompanied by the following details: Name of Race, Name of Horse and Sender's Name.
- For Hong Kong owners, the same fee of HK$80,000 is levied and payable through the monthly membership account.
- 3. A declaration fee will be refunded only in the event a horse is certified not suitable to race by a HKJC veterinary surgeon in the Champions Mile to be run on Saturday 14 May 2005.
- Nominations/entries and participation in the Champions Mile are subject to the Rules of Racing of the HKJC.
- The HKJC reserves the ultimate right without assigning a reason to accept or decline nominations/entries and in particular to reject a nomination/entry at any time whether or not it has been previously accepted.
- The Champions Mile is promoted by the HKJC in which all rights are vested and reserved, to the exclusion of all others, including:
a) the title;
b) all rights of sponsorship of and in connection with the race and the title;
c) all rights of broadcast and telecast, reproduction and transmission of and associated with the race and the title worldwide by any means whatsoever both by sound and vision for the full period of copyright and/or analogous rights subsisting under the laws of each jurisdiction throughout the world.
- All Owners, Trainers and Jockeys whilst in Hong Kong must:
a) be present at the official functions as invited by the HKJC;
b) make themselves available at all reasonable times (including immediately after the race) for interviews by the press and other representatives of the media when requested by the HKJC;
c) not carry advertising or sponsorship material other than as required or approved by the HKJC.
- The Stewards of the HKJC reserve the right to postpone or to abandon the race at their discretion.
1. The HKJC will arrange and cover the normal costs of return transport by road from the home stable to the departure airport, and return air transport for each selected overseas horse, based on existing cargo routes. Any change from the suggested transport arrangement by the HKJC which incurs additional costs will be at the owner's expense. The shipping arrangements of all horses will be organised by the HKJC and co-ordinated by the HKJC's appointed shipping agents. The HKJC and its transport agents will not be liable for any death of or injury to any invited horses during transportation to and from Hong Kong, or while in Hong Kong.
2. Horses from the same region will:
a) as far as possible, travel on the same flights;
b) need to share pallets on the basis of two horses for each pallet. Costs during the period spent in quarantine on return to the home country will be for the owner's account.
3. The HKJC's Champions Mile shipping agents are as follows :-
a) Australia / New Zealand / Singapore
New Zealand Bloodstock
Tel : 61 2 4655 8812
Fax : 61 2 4655 8872
BBA Shipping & Transport Ltd
Tel: 44 1638 665 021
Fax: 44 1638 669 273
c) North America
International Racehorse Transport
Tel: 1 630 262 1221
Fax: 1 630 262 1331
d) United Arab Emirates
Darley Stud Management Co. Ltd
Tel: 44(1638) 782 666
Fax: 44(1638) 782 667
Nosawa & Co. Ltd
Tel: 81 3 3216 3476
Fax: 81 3 3201 3039
4. The HKJC strongly recommends to ship horses at least ten days before the date of the race to allow recovery from any travel related problems and clearance from their systems of any therapeutic prohibited substances required to be administered. Such medications may be detected in samples taken from horses for much longer than a week.
5. All horses must travel with their passport and any other official identification papers which must be available for inspection and collection by the veterinary authorities upon their arrival at the isolation stables in Hong Kong. The documents will be endorsed and returned prior to the horses' departure from Hong Kong.
6. The HKJC will not be responsible for horse insurance. Connections should have their own insurance arrangements.
ASSISTANT TRAINERS, HEAD LADS, EXERCISE RIDERS & GROOMS
1. A maximum of two persons may travel at the HKJC's expense with each selected overseas horse, provided space is available on the cargo plane. If such persons are unable to travel with the horse, the HKJC will provide Economy Class air tickets, at the HKJC's discretion.
2. A maximum of two persons per horse will be provided accommodation at the officially appointed hotel in Sha Tin by the HKJC for the normal duration of the trip. Any extension of stay will not be covered by the HKJC. Transport will be provided to/from the hotel and the quarantine stables.
1. The HKJC imports fodder from Australia, China, France, South Africa, the UK and the USA. Large selections of proprietary feeds are available.
2. Three types of bedding are available: wheat straw, newspaper strips and bedmax (wood shavings).
3. The stables' water supply is normal domestic drinking water. In addition, a sterilised/filtered water unit is installed in each stable block.
4. Importation of feed and water, subject to examination, is permitted within the limitation of aircraft space.
5. Dietary supplements may contain unknown prohibited substances and all are used at the trainer's own risk. Common supplements currently used by trainers at the HKJC will be made available to visiting trainers, on request.
1. ALL visiting horse connections (owners, trainers, assistant trainers, head grooms and grooms) are strongly recommended to arrange their own insurance to cover travel, work and non-work related injury and illness.
2. ALL visiting jockeys will be covered for medical and personal accident under the HKJC's insurance policy upon licensing for injury arising out of their occupation within the HKJC's premises. As licensing does not cover jockey's liability insurance, this will be arranged in addition and jockeys will be required to pay the premium for the coverage.
Licences for visiting trainers and jockeys will be issued on arrival. Visiting jockeys are required to arrive in Hong Kong at least one day prior to the race day. A jockey's licence will permit the holder to accept offers to ride in all races at Sha Tin at the Champions Mile race meeting.
ADVERTISEMENTS & SPONSORSHIP MATERIALS
Unless otherwise approved by the Stewards of the HKJC, no licensed person or member of the stable staff shall wear any item of clothing displaying any advertising material. Only jodhpurs approved by the HKJC may be worn by riders in races.
Overseas jockeys are required to attend a meeting with the Race Meeting Stewards before the first race on the day in the Inquiry Room at Sha Tin Racecourse.
No apprentice allowance may be claimed. Furthermore, an apprentice who is entitled to claim an allowance of 10 lbs will not be permitted to ride in these races.
All jockeys and track work riders are required to wear a body protector of a design approved by the Stewards of the HKJC. Jockeys are entitled to a one pound allowance for the body protector at the scales.
TESTING OF JOCKEYS
1. The HKJC requires the random selection of several jockeys per race day to take and pass a breathalyser test for alcohol and a urine test for prohibited substances. All jockeys are therefore required to be in the Jockeys Room, Sha Tin Racecourse at least one hour before the first race.
Whips & Spurs
All whips used in races and in training must be of a design which complies with the requirements of the Stewards. No spurs may be worn in races.
Nasal Dilators, Dropped Nosebands, "Deafeners" (Ear Plugs) and Other Unspecified Equipment
Nasal dilators, dropped nosebands and "deafeners" (ear plugs) are not permitted to be used on horses racing in Hong Kong. Any other unspecified equipment may not be fitted to a runner without prior permission of the HKJC's Head of Veterinary Regulation & International Liaison or the Stewards.
Trainers must ensure that bandages fitted to horses' legs are securely fastened for both racing and training.
Blinkers, Hoods, Pacifiers, Visors, Shadow Rolls and Tongue Ties
Blinkers, hoods, pacifiers, visors, shadow rolls and tongue ties must be registered on the declaration form and submitted before declarations close at 8:00 am on Thursday 12 May 2005, i.e. two day declaration.
The equipment with which a horse starts a race shall be worn throughout such race by the horse and is not permitted to be removed. Horses must start wearing the equipment that they parade in.
TRACK & WEATHER CONDITION
Horses run right-handed on an oval flat turf 30.5 metres wide with a 430 metres (a little over 2 furlongs) homestretch.
The weather in May in Hong Kong is usually humid with temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F) to 28°C (82°F).
VETERINARY & RACING PROTOCOLS
- During the 90 days pre-export of the horse to Hong Kong (but not within 14 days) either commence a primary course of equine influenza vaccinations or administer a booster dose to a primary course.
- During the 14 days pre-export of the horse to Hong Kong specific disease testing to be performed.
- At least 7 days pre-export of horse to Hong Kong submit first medication list to HKJC.
- Between 3 and 6 days pre-export of horse to Hong Kong pre-travel veterinary inspection and provide inspecting veterinarian with an updated medication list.
- All medications administered to the horse after the veterinary inspection until its arrival in Hong Kong to be reported in writing to the HKJC.
NB - See the rest of this document for provisions relating to vaccinations and disease testing involving multi-country travel.
PRE AND POST-TRAVEL INSPECTION, HEALTH PROCEDURES, MEDICATION AND TESTING
The equine health protocols for the temporary importation into Hong Kong of registered racehorses for international races have been revised largely in accordance with the recommendations made in the "Guidelines to Facilitate the Temporary Movement of Registered Racehorses for International Races" issued by the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA). Specific equine importation information is available at the Hong Kong Government website:
Further information may be obtained from:
Dr Keith L Watkins BVSc MRCVS
Head of Veterinary Regulation & International Liaison
Department of Veterinary Regulation & International Liaison
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR, China
Tel: (+852) 2966 6608
Fax: (+852) 2602 3305
and/or the Club's horse shipping agents in each country.
It is essential that, prior to embarking on any journey, the racehorse's connections make appropriate enquiries of the veterinary authorities of all countries to be visited, including the country of final destination, to ensure that they have fulfilled all their equine import requirements.
- It is strongly recommended that every invited horse has a thorough veterinary clinical examination (including blood tests and endoscopy), performed by its usual veterinary surgeon, prior to travelling to Hong Kong, to ensure that it is fit and healthy to embark on very long road and air journeys and to reduce the risks of the horse being affected by "travel sickness". A mild clinical or sub-clinical respiratory infection will undoubtedly be exacerbated by travel and could jeopardise a horse's chance of competing in the race and adversely affect its future health.
- All invited horses will be subject to a stringent pre-travel veterinary inspection by the HKJC's appointed veterinary surgeons before their departure to Hong Kong, from whichever country they may be in at this time. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the horse is not suffering from any obvious problems, which could possibly:
• jeopardise its chances of competing in its race
• have an adverse effect on its performance in its race
• cause it to finish lame or "break down" during the race
• adversely affect its health during travel
The inspection will (inter alia) require the horse to be trotted-up in-hand on a firm flat surface and undergo palpation of its locomotor structures.
- A Pre-travel Elective Testing Service is available through the HKJC to assist the connections of horses to determine whether or not their horses are free of previously administered therapeutic medications. Please note that this is an advisory service only, the official samples are those collected in Hong Kong. Details of this service may be obtained from the HKJC's HVR&IL.
- Upon arrival at the isolation stables in Hong Kong, all horses will be required to submit blood and urine samples for analysis for prohibited substances. Any sample reported positive to any prohibited substance as a result of this test and which is not consistent with the information declared either in the pre-import medication lists, or for treatments necessarily administered during travel, and which were declared in writing immediately upon the horse's arrival in Hong Kong, may be withdrawn at the absolute discretion of the Stewards any time prior to racing. If the horse is withdrawn under these circumstances, the travel subsidy and declaration fee may be forfeited at the discretion of the Stewards of the Club.
- All racehorses in Hong Kong are required to pass an official pre-race veterinary inspection the day before they race. This inspection will be held after track work on Saturday preceding Raceday.
VACCINATION AND QUARANTINE
- Certified documentary evidence of all vaccinations that have been administered to the horse must be available for inspection by the HKJC and Government Officials.
- Visiting horses will be allocated specific isolation stables, training times and places, and all notices and instructions (written and verbal) issued by HKJC and Government officials relating to these matters must be strictly complied with. Since all overseas racehorses, which are temporarily visiting Hong Kong, will be of equivalent health status, they shall, unless otherwise advised, be permitted to use the training tracks at the same time as each other, but at different times to local horses. Access to the isolation units is strictly restricted to authorised persons only and all such persons must be registered with the Club's Security Department.
MEDICATION AND PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
- The Rules of Racing of the HKJC are based upon prohibited substances free participation and, therefore, all racehorses in Hong Kong are tested pre-race for such substances. Selected horses will also be tested post-race.
- The Rules state: "The Stewards shall have the power to withdraw at their discretion any declared runner if a pre-race test taken from such horse is reported by the Chief Racing Chemist or other chemist authorised by him as positive or potentially positive for the presence of any prohibited substance."
- The trainer may also be punished according to the Rules of Racing if a horse, which was declared to start in a race, is found to have received a prohibited substance.
- Whilst in Hong Kong no treatment of any sort may be given to any racehorse without prior permission from an Official Veterinary Surgeon of the HKJC and a HKJC Veterinary Surgeon may only administer all treatments. If in doubt about treatment of any sort, the horse's trainer, or his authorised representative should contact one of the HKJC's Veterinary Surgeons.
- It must be noted that any person providing veterinary services in Hong Kong must, as a statutory requirement, under the Veterinary Surgeons Registration Ordinance, be registered with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong. To obtain such registration may take several weeks. Should a horse's connections anticipate that they may require the services of their own, or a specialist veterinary surgeon, then application to the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong must be made at least four (4) weeks prior to such services being required. The HKJC's HVR&IL will assist in this process.
- It should be emphasised that all treatments given to, or procedures carried out on, a horse by a visiting veterinary surgeon, who has been properly registered in Hong Kong, would be supervised by a HKJC Veterinary Surgeon.
- The prohibited substances under the Rules of Racing of the HKJC are: -
a) substances capable at any time of acting on one or more of the following mammalian body systems:
the nervous system
the cardiovascular system
the respiratory system
the digestive system
the urinary system
the reproductive system
the musculoskeletal system
the blood system
the immune system except for licensed vaccines against infectious agents
the endocrine system
b) endocrine secretions and their synthetic counterparts
c) masking agents
Substances below the following thresholds are not actionable:
Threshold name Threshold Arsenic * 0.3 microgram total arsenic per millilitre in urine Carbon dioxide * 37 millimoles available carbon dioxide per litre in plasma Dimethyl sulphoxide * 15 micrograms dimethyl sulphoxide per millilitre in urine, or
* 1 microgram dimethyl sulphoxide per millilitre in plasma
Estranediol in male horses (other thangeldings) * the mass of free and conjugated 5a-estrane-3b,17a-diol to the mass of free and conjugated 5(10)-estrene-3b,17a-diol in urine from male horses (other than geldings) at a ratio of 1 Hydrocortisone * 1 microgram hydrocortisone per millilitre in urine Methoxytyramine * 4 micrograms free and conjugated 3-methoxytyramine per millilitre in urine Salicylic acid * 750 micrograms salicylic acid per millilitre in urine, or* 6.5 micrograms salicylic acid per millilitre in plasma Testosterone * 0.02 microgram free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from geldings, or* 0.055 microgram free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from fillies and mares (unless in foal) Theobromine * 2 micrograms theobromine per millilitre in urine
The conjugated substance is the substance that can be liberated from conjugates.
- All horses must race shod with four aluminium plates (shoes). No horse shall be permitted to race unshod.
- The HKJC farriers will be available for shoeing if required.
- Trainers are advised that the approval of the HKJC's HVR&IL must first be obtained for the plating of horses for racing in any way other than with a nailed-on plain shoe. The use of any substance between the plate and the hoof, such as wedges, leathers, etc. also requires inspection and the approval of the HVR&IL.
- Glue-on aluminium racing plates are permitted if necessary and must be approved by the HKJC's HVR&IL. It must be noted that it is not permitted for glue-on shoes to be applied or re-applied less than two (2) hours prior to the start time of the horse's race.
- Calks, toe grabs or other devices, which may represent a danger to other horses, are not permitted under the Rules of Racing of the HKJC.
- Horses' connections may use the services of their own farrier providing that the HKJC's HVR&IL is notified in writing at least three (3) days prior to the intended arrival of the farrier at the HKJC racehorse isolation stables.
VETERINARY GUIDELINES FOR HORSES TRAVELLING TEMPORARILY TO HONG KONG
ELISA - Enzyme Linked Immunoassay
1. These guidelines are only to assist horses' connections with their travel planning and conditions are subject to change.
2. Testing requirements may vary from time to time with an individual country's ability to certify freedom from the required disease for specific periods.
3. Horse shipping agents and local animal health authorities will have the most current information.
4. Official government health certification must be complied with for entry of horses into Hong Kong and re-entry into their country of origin or country of next destination, which will vary according to the itinerary of the horse.
5. Providing that all tests required for importation of horses into Hong Kong from the country of origin are completed in that country, then no further testing will be required in the cases of multiple country itineraries, providing that such horses are isolated from local horses and those not of equivalent health status, except during their races.
6. Please note that no vaccines may be administered within 14 days of import into Hong Kong.
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