• Horse Racing Monopoly to End in Cyprus

    Nicosia Race ClubThe Finance Ministry of Cyprus has again been called upon by several members of the parliament to immediately set up a new law to regulate horse racing. Presently, horse racing in Cyprus is a monopoly that is being run by Nicosia Race Club and it does not have any competitors. The letter given by Member of Parliament Aristos Damianou has asked Harris Georgiades, who is the minister of finance, to explain why a new legislation has not been framed as yet to regularize horse racing.

    Response of Finance Ministry to the query

    The finance ministry gave a late response to this query in which it was stated that though “new bill is top priority” a draft about horse racing cannot be drawn up at this point of time as uniform European law for gambling has still not been implemented in the island. The European Commission, around two years ago, had sent letters to several nations of the EU asking them about gambling laws in their respective countries that restricted specific gambling services. During that time the Commission expressed concern that Cyprus’s laws were outdated when compared to other nations in the Union. Cypriot Gambling Laws have to undergo several changes to allow multiple operators to offer their services.

    About horse racing in Cyprus

    The Nicosia Horse Race Club is the only organizer of horse races in Cyprus that also accept bets made on the races. The race club of Nicosia is managed by a Special Committee that has elected members that are chosen once in three years. The club conducts all races at the Nicosia Racecourse that is located in Ayios Dometios. While the club organizes most horse races on Sundays to allow maximum patronage, during good weather days races are held on Wednesdays too. During some seasons the races are conducted on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Unscheduled horse races are held during major religious and government holidays as well.

  • Jockey Herrmann Keen to Return After Recovery From Fall

    Amy-herrmannAdelaide-based racing jockey Amy Herrmann has moved to her home for recovery after two months of being hospitalised. Amy fractured her spine at a training jump a few months ago in Morphettville. After the accident, Amy was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital. She had an emergency surgery and recovered slowly from her injuries. Her father was with her at every step of the way. Due to her head injuries, she was kept in a state of induced coma that erased some of her memories from during and after the fall.

    Details of the accident

    Amy Herrmann had suffered serious injuries when she fell off from her horse Urania Belle during practice trials at Morphettville Racecourse in June, 2015. Though she and her horse managed to jump over all the hurdles successfully, her horse stumbled in the final hurdle causing rider Amy to fall off on her back, injuring her spine. She remained sedated for a couple of days after the accident to reduce chances of further injury. After the surgery to fix her spinal injuries, she was slowly bought out of the induced coma and now is able to walk around slowly with a walker without any assistance.

    Recovery phase of jockey Amy Herrmann

    According to doctors, complete recovery will take a long time as she has undergone a major surgery and both her mind and body have undergone severe stress. While expressing their gratitude to the staff of Royal Adelaide Hospital the jockey’s family also expressed their thanks to people who sent support messages to Amy Herrmann. When she arrived home during the last week of August, Amy thanked the press and well-wishers and also stated that she will soon be back once she has recovered completely. She also passed a statement saying falling in hurdles is a part of jump racing and there is no problem with the sport.

  • The Not-so-Curious Case of Tiggy Wiggy and Ivawood

    Two champion thoroughbreds are taking a break this season after posting disappointing results at the Royal Ascot horseracing tournament this year. Tiggy Wiggy and Ivawood were both considered potential legends following very promising juvenile careers, but their poor performances at the Royal Ascot this year have led owner Richard Hannon to give the two a break from racing for a few months to see if that will improve their stride.

    Tiggy Wiggy and IvawoodTiggy Wiggy came in first six times in a row last season and bookmakers and punters alike had her pegged as a leading contender for the first-ever Commonwealth Cup. Instead, Tiggy Wiggy came in close to last at the Cup, despite coming in third at the 1000 Guineas just a few weeks earlier. Punters and bookmakers were shocked at her lackluster performance, but observers say such things happen to even the best of thoroughbreds at times.

    Likewise, Ivawood was widely regarded as a leading contender for the Jersey Stakes after he came in third at the 2000 Guineas and its counterpart in Ireland. But at the Royal Ascot last month, Ivawood posted disappointing results against the best and brightest of English thoroughbreds. Owner and legendary trainer Richard Hannon said that both horses would recover following a midsummer break. Hannon blamed the grounds at the Royal Ascot for Tiggy Wiggy’s poor showing, saying that it was probably too quick for the champion sprinter. Hannon holds out that Ivawood will prove to be a contender at the Breeders’ Cup next year. After the break, there are many great races in France for Ivawood and Tiggy Wiggy to prove themselves again.

    Breaks are sometimes necessary for young thoroughbreds to push through a plateau that comes at the two-year mark. However, they can also sometimes signal that a horse has reached its full potential and simply cannot compete anymore.