Horsemen's
Handbook
CRITICAL MATTERS

 

The following items MUST be very carefully read, understood and complied with:

1.

Pre-travel Treatments

a) All racehorses must test free of prohibited substances on race day.

b) Trainers should be aware that advice given for the pre-race withdrawal periods of medications used in Hong Kong may be different from those used/recommended in other racing jurisdictions and also, they may well be more conservative.

c) It is the responsibility of the Trainer, in writing, to seek clarification, from Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation (Fax: +852 2602 3305), regarding the recommended pre-race withdrawal periods used in Hong Kong of SPECIFIC medications, before they are administered to their horses.

d) Trainers are reminded that anabolic substances, certain corticosteroids, hormones, procaine penicillin and other slowly-eliminating medications may be detected for several months and they will be held responsible for ensuring that their horses are free of all such substances.

2.

Medication Lists

a) The Trainer must submit the horse's medication declarations using the supplied standard official form, to the Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation at least seven (7) days prior to the horse departing for Hong Kong, irrespective of the country in which the horse is located at the time, and the Club will acknowledge its receipt.

b) The list must include all medications administered to the horse within one (1) month of the horse departing for Hong Kong and the last date of administration of all anabolic substances, long-acting corticosteroids, hormones, procaine penicillin and other slowly eliminated medications, including implants.  This applies irrespective of which country the horse is located in prior to departing for Hong Kong.

c) The Club appointed inspecting veterinary surgeon must, at the time of his/her inspection, be provided with an update of any medication administered to the horse since the first medication declaration and document this in writing on the supplied standard official form to be submitted to the Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation.  

d) Any medications administered to the horse between the pre-travel veterinary inspection and the horse's arrival in Hong Kong must be immediately declared, in writing using the supplied standard official form, to the Executive Manager of the department of Veterinary Regulation.

e) It is important to note that all medications administered to the horse must be declared, irrespective of whether or not they are considered as, or to contain, prohibited substances, under the Rules of Racing in any other racing jurisdictions.

3.

Pre-travel Veterinary Inspection

a) This compulsory inspection to evaluate veterinary aspects of the horse's suitability for travel and racing, MUST be performed between six (6) days (maximum) and three (3) days (minimum), prior to the horse departing for Hong Kong, irrespective of the country in which the horse is located at the time, and the report MUST be made on the supplied standard official form.

b) It is ESSENTIAL that the Club's appointed inspecting veterinary surgeon sends his/her inspection report AND the updated medication list to the Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation at least three (3) days prior to the horse departing for Hong Kong. The Club will acknowledge receipt of the veterinary report.  Failure to submit the forms on time may prevent approval being given for the horse to travel to Hong Kong.

4.

Equine Influenza Vaccination

a) Advance planning of racehorse vaccination programmes is essential as some countries' veterinary authorities may have differing and/or additional vaccination requirements for re-entry.

b) No horse shall be accepted for emplaning unless it is certified by a qualified registered Veterinary Surgeon to be correctly vaccinated against equine influenza as follows:

During the 90 days immediately prior to export from its country of permanent or usual residency, but not within 14 days of export, the horse was administered:
EITHER
A primary course of approved vaccinations against equine influenza comprising of at least 2 doses with an interval of 4 to 6 weeks or according to the terms of vaccine registration with the relevant government authority.
OR
A booster vaccination against equine influenza which was given within 12 months of a primary course, or within 12 months of a booster vaccination where it, and any other previous booster vaccinations, had been administered annually within a regular 12-month period since the primary course (which consisted of at least 2 doses with an interval of 4 to 6 weeks or according to the terms of vaccine registration with the relevant government authority).

c) Please study the "Veterinary Guidelines for Horses Travelling Temporarily to Hong Kong" later in this document for further details.

5.

Pre-travel Tests

a) Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) and equine piroplasmosis tests MUST be performed within 14 days of export to Hong Kong.

b) Equine influenza test MUST be performed within 48 hours prior to departure in the exporting country.

b) Please study the "Veterinary Guidelines for Horses Travelling Temporarily to Hong Kong" later in this document for further details.