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25th Dubai World Cup Postponed

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The Dubai World Cup , scheduled to be run at Meydan on Saturday 28 March, has been postponed due to health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally set to be run without spectators, the announcement was made today by the organisers that the race has been postponed.

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3 comments on “25th Dubai World Cup Postponed

  1. Vincent Ahrey says:

    There is no consensus throughout the world among racing authorities whether horse racing should be shut down because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

    The UAE has just decided to shut down its racing.

    If horse racing was just a sport and there was no betting, I doubt that it would be allowed to continue by our racing authorities. I fear that money is the most important factor taken into account. Human health seems to be a second consideration.

    I would like to know if the NHRA national board has met in a board room and discussed Covid 19 among themselves. If they are willing allow NHRA employees to work on race courses and jockeys ride horses etc etc, the national board should be meeting face to face. Trust me, it will not happen but these same directors are willing to allow others to be at the coal face and suffer the severe consequences.

    The national board has the right to suspend races. I have no doubt that they have not met to discuss Covid 19 and that they have not taken the initiative to obtain expert advice from other countries that have either decided to keep racing going or closed it down.

    It seems that the NHRA is scared to inform South Africa of its reasons for allowing racing to continue.

    With South Africa and other racing countries holding out as long as possible before they are forced to stop the sport, I am reminded by the repetitive nursery rhyme – Ten green bottles – There were 10 green bottles standing on the wall and if one green bottle should accidentally fall there will be ….

    With Covid 19, there is no way that horse racing can continue without severe risk to the health of those involved in the trenches.

    Mark my words, South Africa and all other racing jurisdictions will have to follow suite and stop racing.

    Horse racing is known as the sport of kings. Remember that many kings have been deposed. It should be the sport for everyone and not run by kings who take counsel from the court jester.

  2. Titania McTaggart says:

    Innuendo and fear is Vincent’s main reasoning tool. This is the de facto standard now as panic first think later has become the standard mode of thinking.

    The mere fact that one makes such a statement and does not concede Mr Ahrey your freedom of association and liberty is tantamount to treason. We have moved to this point in one week as rational thinkers have been replaced with reactionaries.

    It is interesting to notice those around us who wear no clothes. They are far more dangerous than any virus. Horse racing in South Africa will not survive their meddling.

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    Can Vincent explajn what is different between retail stores, malls, govt depts, restaurants snd bars, public transport which is all operating as normal compared to racing which is taking place off limits to spectators? When the govt decrees a total lockdiwn then it will be 7understandable that racing should cease, but until such time racing can proceed with necessary preventative steps. Vincent should stop punting until he feels it is safe to do so. Do people have a death wish fir racing, do they want to see it ruined at all costs?

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