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Plea from Rausing for quality to be protected

Kirsten Rausing - Sept 08 - Mark Cranham

Kirsten Rausing: "maintenance of the black-type programme is critical"

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She said: "Maintenance of the black-type programme at a competitive level is critical in these difficult times.

"It is the foundation of our race programme and, in spite of financial pressures, continues to ensure that British racing and breeding maintains its international reputation as amongst the best in the world, and we should do all we can to maintain its crucial funding."

Rausingwas addressing the TBA's annual meeting, held for the second year at Tattersalls' Park Paddocks site in Newmarket, following Monday evening's annual awards dinner at the same venue.

She added: "The TBA's priority is to ensure that in the specific interests of breeders, and the thoroughbred racehorse himself, the race programme and the pattern system are protected.

"Throughout the last 12 months I have continued to emphasise the importance of maintaining quality racing and the TBA will be strong on this point within the corridors of power."

Rausing also made particular mention of conditions and Listed, saying: "Group and National Hunt Graded winners need a proving ground, and without these races, however unpopular with racecourses and bookmakers, we would not find the stars of the future."

Noting that breeders' prizes were the victim of Levy Board cuts in 2010, when all heads of expenditure were trimmed, she said: "We enjoy a good relationship with the Levy Board and take every opportunity to impress upon them the importance of supporting the breed.

"Breeders' prizes remain on the agenda, together with commitments to veterinary support and stud staff training."
Rausing praised Qatar-based Qipco for sponsorship of the British Champions Series, and said: "It illustrates once again how British racing relies upon the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the bloodstock industry.

"This may be an old mantra of mine, but combine this fantastic new support with the race sponsorship provided via the European Breeders' Fund and the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme, they all serve to underline the breeders' right to influence and shape of the future of British racing."

Bringing the TBA's influence to bear on changes to racing's administration would also be a priority, Rausing promised.

Conceding that she had not appreciated the need for the TBA to "actively participate in racing's complex political struggle" when she took on the chairman's role, she said: "Let me assure youthat any final decisions on the restructure will require the endorsement of the BHA stakeholders, of which we are one.

"We recognise the importance of retaining our seat on the BHA chairmans' committee to ensure that the interests of the horse are protected.

"The horse is seldom, if ever, mentioned in meetings in London by anyone but the TBA representatives."

Other points from the annual meeting:

*In 2010 TBA contributed £133,000 to veterinary research, including Animal Health Trust's equine infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance department programme, and more than £260,000 to support bloodstock industry, of which £189,000 went to British Bloodstock Marketing.

*Membership down 175 on this time last year, to 2,262.

*Subscriptions increased for first time since 2006 by £5. Annual domestic subscription will be £115.

*Foal registration levy remains at £12.50 per foal, plus £7 for Retraining of Racehorses. Stallion levy remains at £50 for those standing at £6,000 and below, £100 for those above.

*Re-election of Richard Lancasterand election of Chris Wright to the TBA board confirmed, following retirement of Nigel Elwes, Rhydian Morgan-Jones, Emma Balding and Hugo Lascelles. Board member Martin Mitchell to retire later in year, along with president Michael Goodbody, after which presidency role will lapse




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