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Mr John Alexander Rodgers (left), the Organising Chairman

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SPEECH BY MR JOHN ALEXANDER RODGERS, COMMITTEE MEMBER OF PENANG TURF CLUB AND MALAYSIAN RACING AND HANDICAPPING COORDINATION COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE
DA MA CAI MALAYSIA 3-YEAR-OLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009



Yang Berbahagia, Dato’ Terry Lee Pang Lay, Committee Member, Perak Turf Club


Mr Rick Loh Lap Sang, Committee Member of Selangor Turf Club and Malaysian Racing and Handicapping Coordination Committee,


Mr Yin Yee Yuen, Chief Operating Officer, Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd,


Committee Members of Perak and Selangor Turf Clubs,


Officials of MRA and the three Malaysian Turf Clubs, Racehorse Owners, Trainers, Jockeys,


Members of the Media, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.


Thank you very much for taking time to attend this afternoon’s Press Conference on the Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship.


Firstly, I would like to thank Perak Turf Club for kindly providing us with the venue in this beautiful newly refurbished Ordinary Members Enclosure and for the refreshments provided.


In 2007, the three Malaysian Turf Clubs came together to launch the Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship and it was indeed a breakthrough effort for the Malaysian Horse Racing Industry. A total of 107 horses participated in the debut of the Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship and a grand total of RM1.075 million was given out as prize money.


The year 2008 had been a most challenging yet rewarding year for Malaysian Horse Racing. The excitement and expectation of continuing with the second series of the Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship last year was hampered by the Equine Influenza outbreak in Australia which impacted the import of horses into the country by 40% to 50%. This has resulted in an eight-month delay in having the second edition of our Championship.


I am pleased to note that to date we have a total of 156 three-year-old horses in the MRA register, a 44% increase of three-year-olds as compared to the first series. This upward trend clearly demonstrates the keen interest and support of Horse Owners and Trainers towards the Three-Year-Old Championship series.


With such positive numbers, I am confident that the forthcoming Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship will again be one of high quality and which promises keen competition in each and every heat leading up to the Finals in July.


On behalf of the Malaysian Racing and Handicapping Coordination Committee, I am pleased to announce the following :


1) Our major sponsor, Pan Malaysian Pools will once again be sponsoring this competitive, inspiring and colourful Championship in Malaysia and I am truly thankful that PMP is strongly aligned with our core objectives and values. Thank you Da Ma Cai and my personal thanks to you, Mr Yin Yee Yuen for your continuing strong support!


2) Altogether there will be nine heats to span over a period of two months with a month’s break before the final in July and the prize money has been increased to RM80,000 per race as compared to RM75,000 per race in the 2007 Championship.


3) The winner of each home based race will automatically qualify for the Finals together with the fastest second placed horses depending on the number of heats the turf clubs are hosting. Each of the three Malaysian Turf Clubs will select the third second-placed horse as Emergency Acceptor.
For example :
Selangor Turf Club will have 7 finalists; 4 winners of the heats, 3 fastest second placed and 1 Emergency Acceptor.
Penang Turf Club will have 3 finalists; 2 winners of the heats, 1 fastest second placed and 1 Emergency Acceptor.
and Perak Turf Club will have 5 finalists; 3 winners of the heats, 2 fastest second placed and 1 Emergency Acceptor.

4) The field for the Final is limited to 15 runners with 3 Emergency Acceptors.


5) The 15 Finalists will each receive a RM10,000 Appearance Fee for competing in the Final.


6) For the Championship Final, I am delighted to announce that the prize money has been increased from RM250,000 to RM300,000. The 2009 Da Ma Cai Three-Year-Old Championship will now be carrying total prize money of RM1.17 million.





7) There is clear indication that our horse racing industry owes much of its success to the participation of Horse Owners and Trainers and their participation in the forthcoming Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship will further reinforce and confirm this support.


I look forward to receiving your overwhelming entries for all the heats and the Closing Date for entries has been set for March 2nd.


8) The dates of the home-based heats for 2009 are as follows :
Selangor Turf Club : Heat 1 and 2 on April 4
Heat 3 and 4 on April 5
Penang Turf Club : Heat 1 on May 9
Heat 2 on May 10
Perak Turf Club : Heat 1 on May 23
Heat 2 and 3 on May 24


9) The 2009 Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship Final will be held at Batu Gantong Racecourse, Penang Turf Club on July 5th.


10) The 2010 Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three Year Old Championship Final will be held at the Perak Turf Club on a date to be announced.


This joint effort once again signifies the collaborative spirit of the three Associated Turf Clubs in Malaysia and with Da Ma Cai and I have no doubt the Heats and Final of the Da Ma Cai Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship will deliver some excellent standards for thoroughbred racing in this country.


On behalf of the three Malaysian Turf Clubs, I thank you once again for your attendance. As we are looking forward to a positive start of the New Year, we would like to wish all of you good health and good fortune in the year of the Ox. Thank you.
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