On behalf of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the 38th Asian Racing Conference to be held in Cape Town in February 2020.

It is both an honour and a privilege for South Africa to have been chosen to host the ARC for a second time, the first being in 1997 when South Africa became a full member of the Asian Racing Federation.

It seems only fitting that it should be held in Cape Town, which has been voted, for the fifth year running, as the World’s Best Travel Destination. In the shadow of Table Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we have a rich history of horseracing in the Western Cape. The very first race meeting in South Africa took place on the Green Point Common in June 1796. The formation of the South African Turf Club followed in 1814. Our local racing industry is over 200 years old and we take pride in striving to improve and maintain the high international standards, which our fellow ARF members subscribe to.

South African-bred horses have competed with distinction at the international level when given the opportunity, this despite our current export protocols. There is immense potential for growth not only for our local racing and breeding industries, but also for the global racing community should the current export moratorium against South Africa be successfully reviewed.

The ARC is one of the largest Thoroughbred racing conferences in the world and provides a forum for international leaders within racing to discuss and address all issues which the global industry faces. The theme for the upcoming ARC is “Unlocking Potential”. It embodies not only the outlook of the South African racing industry, but our country as a whole. Conference delegates will get to experience the very best of what the Western Cape has to offer in our summer season, as well as sharing their wealth of racing knowledge and insights with us.

We look forward to hosting you all in February 2020 at the 38th Asian Racing Conference.

Chairman, The National Horseracing
Authority of Southern Africa