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August 3, 3:28 PM
Interview with David Allan posted in Racing Post. Click on the link to read the article.   Link
July 24, 12:08 PM
After a stinging article in Racingpulse highlighting the crisis that the BTC's refusal to release the full complement of the BMC could cause, the Managing Committee has reversed its decision. The BTC Managing Committee will be releasing the balance amount. Most of the actions of the BTC are reminiscent of a ruling dynasty which reigned over Delhi in 1320.
July 24, 12:10 AM
BTC has written to the Karnataka Government seeking permission to start racing in the third week of August.
July 21, 3:06 PM
With racing have paused for an undefined time, the onus is on the Bangalore Turf Club to bail out by way of extending credit to racehorse owners to see through the difficult period. The BTC Committee should keep aside its narrow thinking and work for the greater benefit of the sport. Ego should not be the guiding force. Reason and logic should make way for individual prejudices. This is the only way out especially since the pandemic turned the world upside down and nobody was prepared for it. If there is a default on the payment of money to syces, it would lead to a bigger conflict. It is a Catch 22 situation.
July 16, 10:31 PM
The people who worked hard to get the Karnataka government approval for online betting are the two government nominees of Bangalore Turf Club namely Prof Jayadevappa and Dr N M Dinesh. BTC getting the permission has been a big help for the other clubs in the country to cite the Karnataka Government clearance to get their states to issue a similar order.
July 15, 9:55 PM
Encouraging words from Sports Ministers Kiran Rijiju: Reviewing the possibility of resumption of sporting activities in the states, Rijiju said, "The states will have to independently decide when they can start sports activities and training. However, I would urge all states to start some kind of sporting activities after 2 or 3 months, depending on the situation. "We can start sporting events in a limited manner and for non-contact sports. There are some states that have opened up their sporting facilities and started some sports training. As the situation improves, we must attempt to bring on-field sport back," he added.
July 15, 6:22 PM
The Bangalore Summer Season has been officially cancelled. There is no official word about the 10-day truncated season in lieu of the summer season which was expected to start on August 21. Confusion reigns.
July 15, 5:01 PM
The Bangalore Turf Club has published a prospectus for a 10-day racing season to commence from August 21. The question that needs to be asked is whether the club has taken government’s consent before announcing its decision to go ahead with the racing season. On Tuesday, the Sports Minister of the Country Kiran Rujiju said no sporting action will be permitted till the month of October even without the presence of spectators. Will the BTC clarify whether it is still going ahead with its season? Is the club confident of getting the necessary clearances?
July 15, 2:40 PM
The Bangalore Turf Club has put an advertisement for the post of Secretary, Chief Stipendiary Steward, Chief Veterinary Officer and Handicapper after it was highlighted that the club was functioning without these important functionaries. The turf club needs to be stirred into action because all these months the authorities did not act despite the positions having been vacant for a number of months.
July 14, 7:08 PM
The trainers at Bangalore who had free access to the club premises underwent a COVID test on Tuesday. Since the swab sample has been taken, the racecourse premises will be out of bounds for them till the test results come! The committee members who are more regular at the premises than the professionals are yet to undergo any test. In BTC, rules are only for others to follow and not for the committee members of the Bangalore Turf Club. Even the coronavirus is scared of their might!
July 14, 2:58 PM
BTC is conducting its affairs without any direction. There are no senior officials to run the show. The Stewards and Committee Members themselves have taken upon themselves to decide on every matter. Things can only go worse from this point unless wisdom dawns and officials are appointed to run the show in a professional manner.
July 13, 4:56 PM
The Bangalore Turf Club is yet to issue licenses to jockeys and this bound to impact the preparation of horses for the season which is expected to begin from August 21. The turf club had abruptly withdrawn the licenses in angry reaction to the letter written by the Jockeys Association of India sometime in April. For the work to begin in earnest, you need jockeys to workhorses. The jockeys also need to work horses to get fit to ride during the season.
July 12, 9:44 PM
Pinatubo regains winning thread with Group One victory at Deauville, France on Sunday. Click on the link to watch the video.   Link
July 12, 2:03 PM
Hyderabad Race Club will be paying a subsidy of Rs 5,000 per month from the month of August for the registered horses. The eligibility for the subsidy will depend on the owners of these horses having cleared UPF by August 10. The subsidy will be given until such time racing resumes.
July 10, 4:28 PM
Two veterinarians working at Bangalore Turf Club have tested positive for coronavirus. A relatively younger vet tested positive last week and he is doing well. The latest to catch the virus is a much older retired person working on a temporary basis.
July 10, 4:25 PM
Bangalore Turf Club would be conducting a 10-day racing season from August 21. Racehorse owners, members and spectators will not be permitted into the racecourse. There will be no tote operations or online betting. The important thing is to start the activity which will also help owners earn some stake money besides enabling the professionals to earn money. The flip side is illegal betting will flourish.
July 9, 3:04 PM
About 20 syces working inside the racecourse premises have been reportedly running a high temperature. They are under observation.
July 9, 3:00 PM
One of the riding boys working at Bangalore Turf Club has reportedly come positive for COVID. This has sent alarm bells ringing as the syces are all locked up inside the race course and there is fear that it could trigger a spread. The riding boy has since been isolated and sent out of the racecourse.
July 9, 11:31 AM
English jockey David Allan completed riding 1000 winners when he guided Turntable to victory at Doncaster a few days back. David Allan is a popular jockey in India as his stint during the winter season for trainer Padmanabhan has been highly successful. David Allan holds the record for riding the highest number of classics in India compared to any other foreign jockey. David Allan has been coming to India during the offseason in England for the last 11 years.
July 7, 7:39 PM
Another good news for racing enthusiasts. The BTC authorities are planning to resume racing activities sometime during the latter part of August.
July 7, 7:46 PM
RWITC is highly optimistic about a possible start to the Pune racing season from August 15. One hopes that their efforts meet with success in terms of getting the government nod and other necessary clearances. Here's wishing them all the best in their endeavour.
July 6, 12:21 PM
Click on the link to watch the video of French Derby held on Sunday.   Link
July 6, 12:20 PM
Mishriff gives Gosden a first French Derby Success. Click on the link to read the story.   Link
July 6, 12:16 PM
Click on the link to watch the video of Ghaiyath beating Enable in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday.
July 6, 12:12 PM
Ghaiyyath beats Enable in Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Click on the link to read the story  Link
July 5, 11:29 AM
Click on the link to watch the video of the Epsom Derby Stakes 2020 which was won by rank outsider Serpetinine on Saturday.   Link
July 5, 11:27 AM
Serpentine stuns Derby rivals for O'Brien to win a race as strange as the day. Click on the lin to read the full report from www.racingpost.com  Link
July 3, 12:19 PM
The Karnataka government has given in-principle approval for online betting. The BTC has been asked to implement the same within the framework of the existing Act and Rules.
July 3, 11:11 AM
There are now no restrictions on the Malakpet road leading to the racecourse at Hyderabad. Sometime back, the road was closed for a few days because of many COVID positives of people having shops or houses on that road.
July 1, 10:53 PM
Police seal Malakpet Racecourse Road on Wednesday. Since there were many positive COVID cases in that area, the main road which leads one to the racecourse is off-limits.
June 23, 3:26 PM
The Hyderabad Race Club Appeal Board has withdrawn the license of trainer Arjun Anne and to treat him as a warned off person for a period of three years as seven of his horses had tested positive for cobalt, a prohibited substance during the running of the last winter season. Cobalt usage is associated with malpractice and attracts the strictest punishment.
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