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HKJC Slams Racing NSW Over Munce Penalty
In Sydney last night, this week's Asian Racing Conference began with a bitter taste when the Hong Kong Jockey Club posted a statement on its website slamming conference host Racing NSW in the aftermath of the Chris Munce affair. The statement noted: "One of the major purposes of the Asian Racing Conference is to foster relations between racing jurisdictions & to encourage the internationalisation & harmonisation of racing throughout the Asia region & beyond. The decision of Racing NSW, the authority hosting this year's conference, not to reciprocate a penalty of suspension imposed by the racing stewards of the HKJC upon jockey Christopher Munce, who chose not to appeal, was in direct conflict with the guiding ARF principles & serves as a recent reminder of why the Asian Racing Conference & harmonisation of Asian racing rules is of significant importance." The HKJC emphasised it will continue to show its respect & commitment to the ARF & world racing by sending representatives to lead discussions or present keynote speeches at the Conference to assist in the further development of international racing, especially in the ARF region." HKJC executive director of racing William Nader is scheduled to deliver a presentation on "International Racing" on Wednesday.