Time runs fast. It’s soon a month since I wrote a report at my Swedish blog about the EMHF meeting in Naas, Ireland. But maybe it could be of some interest for people who are not so familiar with language of the old vikings to reaf a few lines.
There were a record figure of delegates from 19 countries at the EMHF meeting (EMHF stands for the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation).
Among the countries absent at the meeting were Spain, where racing hasn’t succeeded to find a new joint organisation, Austria where racing runs the risk of fading away, and Ukraine, where there are other things on people’s minds than horseracing.
The same could be said about Lebanon and Libya, but both these countries continue to pay there member fee and are maintaining hope to start horse racing again, which seems to quite optimistic for the time being.
Comeback in the assembly was made ny Lithuania, who is hoping for strengthening the contacts with Sweden.
New member in the board efter Jabob Broger who has left his position in the Swiss federation, was Jonathan Perrée from the Channel Islands (Jersey och Guernsey). He was the only candidate which made the election procedure easier.
Re-elected in the board were Brian Kavanagh (chairman), Ieland,Behcet Homorlu, Turkey, Omar Skalli, Morocco, Thierry Lohest, Belgium och Rüdger Schamms, Germany.
The most optimistic report about the state of horse racing came as often from Turkey and maybe the most visible change will be seen this autumn when Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be run at Chantilly due to the redevelopment of Longchamp.
The meeting, as always well organised by the secretary general Paull Khan, was combined with stud visits at Kildangan, where Cape Cross presides, and the Irish National Stud, where Invincible Spirit, is the great star.
Moreover there where a big National Hunt meeting at Leopardstown, where four Grade 1 races were run. The biggest one was The Irish Gold Cup, .with a winner’s prize of 84.750 euro. 10 year old Carlingford Lough (by King’s Theatre) was a surprise winner, although he won the race last year (ridden by Tony McCoy) but since that he has not had much success.
Carlingford Lough is owned by J P McManus, a giant owner in N H racing. His well known green striped silks are seen on the picture below, taken in the somewhat muddy paadock at Leopardstown.