Australian Racing Board Chair John Messara Pushes For Global Horseracing Series
Sydney's new A$18M ($16M) The Championships at Randwick in April "will form an important leg of a proposed world series of horse racing," according to Ray Thomas of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. With momentum to introduce the series as early as next year, "the world's best gallopers would compete in the most prestigious races" in countries such as England, France, Singapore, UAE, the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Qatar's Sheik Fahad Al Thani, owner of 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, "is one of many influential identities in favour of an annual series of races to determine the world's best thoroughbred." Australian Racing Board Chair John Messara "is preparing to raise the issue at the next meeting of international horse racing authorities this year." Messara: "I am certainly willing to float it. This concept is something we should work on" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 2/3).