Horsemen's
Handbook
PRE AND POST-TRAVEL INSPECTION, HEALTH PROCEDURES,
MEDICATION AND TESTING

1.
The equine health protocols for the temporary importation into Hong Kong of registered racehorses for international races have been revised on 1 September 2011 by the Hong Kong SAR Government's Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Specific equine importation information is available at the Hong Kong Government website: Hong Kong Government website

Further information may be obtained from:

Dr Kenneth Lam

Consultant, Veterinary Regulation
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR, China
Tel: (+852) 2966 6617
Fax: (+852) 2602 3305
Email: Kenneth.hk.Lam@hkjc.org.hk

 

and/or the Club's horse shipping agents in each country.


It is essential that, prior to embarking on any journey, the racehorse's connections make appropriate enquiries of the veterinary authorities of all countries to be visited, including the country of final destination, to ensure that they have fulfilled all their equine import requirements.

 
2.

It is strongly recommended that every invited horse has a thorough veterinary clinical examination (including blood tests and endoscopy), performed by its usual veterinary surgeon, prior to travelling to Hong Kong, to ensure that it is suitable to embark on very long road and air journeys and to reduce the risks of the horse being affected by "travel sickness". A mild clinical or sub-clinical respiratory infection will undoubtedly be exacerbated by travel and could jeopardise a horse's chance of competing in the race and adversely affect its future health.

3.

All invited horses will be subject to a stringent pre-travel veterinary inspection by the Club's appointed veterinary surgeons before its departure to Hong Kong, irrespective of the country in which the horse is located at this time.   The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the horse is not suffering from any obvious problems, which could possibly:
* jeopardise its chances of competing in its race
* have an adverse effect on its performance in its race
* cause it to finish lame or "break down" during the race
* adversely affect its health during travel

The inspection will (inter alia) require the horse to be trotted-up in-hand on a firm flat surface and undergo palpation of its locomotor structures.

4.

A Pre-travel Elective Urine Testing Service is available through the HKJC to assist the connections of horses to determine whether or not their horses are free of previously administered therapeutic medications.  Please note that this is an advisory service only, the official samples are those collected in Hong Kong. Details of this service may be obtained from the Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation.

5. If a Trainer has more than one groom/representative for his/her horse or horses, then ALL accompanying grooms/representatives will be deemed to be able to represent that Trainer's interest in respect of ALL sample collection procedures, unless written notification to the contrary is provided to the Club by the Trainer.
6.

Upon arrival at the isolation stables in Hong Kong, all horses will be required to provide blood and urine samples for analysis for prohibited substances.  Any sample reported positive to any prohibited substance as a result of this test and which is not consistent with the information declared either in the pre-travel medication lists, or for treatments necessarily administered during travel, and which were declared in writing immediately upon the horse’s arrival in Hong Kong, may be withdrawn at the absolute discretion of the Stipendiary Stewards any time prior to racing.  If the horse is withdrawn under these circumstances, the travel subsidy and declaration fee may be forfeited at the discretion of the Stewards of the Club. 

All racehorses in Hong Kong are required to pass a pre-race veterinary inspection conducted after track work the day before they race.

Further information on medication of racehorses is available on the Club's website www.hkjc.com/english/racinginfo/horsemen/handbook_vet.asp?part=3 or on request from the Club's Dr Kenneth Lam of the Department of Veterinary Regulation & International Liaison.

All racehorses in Hong Kong are required to pass a pre-race veterinary inspection conducted after track work the day before they race.

Further information on medication of racehorses is available here or on request from the Club's Dr Kenneth Lam of the Department of Veterinary Regulation & International Liaison.