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Koya: Association To Boost Horse Racing

Koya: Association To Boost Horse Racing
Volcano with owner Parmend Gounder and jockey Subhan Ali after winning their race at the Sabeto Races at Aviva Farms in Sabeto in Nadi on June 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nsokia
July 01
14:24 2018

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya is having talks with the relevant stakeholders to form a National Horse Racing Association.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya with Race director Livai Tora at the official opening of the Sabeto Races at Aviva Farms in Sabeto, Nadi on June 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nsokia

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya with Race director Livai Tora at the official opening of the Sabeto Races at Aviva Farms in Sabeto, Nadi on June 30, 2018.
Photo: Waisea Nsokia

He revealed this while officiating at the Sabeto Races at the Aviva Farms in Nadi yesterday.

“I’m suggesting this since the event is becoming bigger and better every year and it is good to bring it under some guidance and work together to form a National Horse Racing Association,” he said.

Koya added that there is a need to draw up some regulations and safety issues that have to be taken into consideration.

He added that veterinarians are also prepared to work together with the proposed association.

“It is a big fast growing sport across the Western division and we need to take it across to Deuba. It will be nice to have three horse races in a year,” he said.

“There is a lot of public interest this year and it’s a good tourism attraction for us. The government of the day is behind this sports tourism event. We want to make this event grow from its particular format which is great as it is now.

Volcano wins the race at the Sabeto Races at Aviva Farms in Sabeto, Nadi on June 30, 2018.  Photo: Waisea Nsokia

Volcano wins the race at the Sabeto Races at Aviva Farms in Sabeto, Nadi on June 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nsokia

“It is home grown but we need to bring it to some sort of safety and health issues in regards to the horse. It will be good for Fiji.”

Aviva Farms and Sabeto Races director Livai Tora said, there is no association at the moment but there should be one.

“The main thing is the welfare of the horses so we are organising this event to set some standards for all to follow,” he said.

There were 10 races and among the winners was Volcano, a horse owned by Parmend Gounder and the jockey was Subhan Ali.

Volcano out-paced Fancy Lady and Winston who came second and third place respectively in the Legend FM Open Race.

“I had three horses competing in this event, Volcano, Rolling Angel and Mighty,” Gounder said.

“We need this event more often as it is a spectacular show.”

Vinod Singh of Ba bought two of his finest horses, Fancy Lady and Kalino Power to the event.

– Edited by   Leone  Cabenatabua

 

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