Animal welfare tops priority at Sabeto horse races

Jockey Luke Buadromo (centre) rides the horse SODELPA to victory in the Fiji Times Local Horse 1500m Race at the Sabeto Races in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Jockey Luke Buadromo (centre) rides the horse SODELPA to victory in the Fiji Times Local Horse 1500m Race at the Sabeto Races in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ANIMAL welfare will be the top priority at The Fiji Times Sabeto Horse Races which will be held at the Aviva Farms race tracks in Nadi tomorrow.

A total of 100 horses from around Fiji which will grace the racetracks in Sabeto will have to go through a veterinary check before the event as part of the animal health and safety policy.

Sabeto Horse Races event creator Kim Beddoes said last year only two horses failed to pass the vet check.

“This year we are hoping that all the horses pass the vet check,” Beddoes said.

“A well looked after horse will be a well-performing horse. So on race day, Animals Fiji will be providing three vets and the Ministry of Agriculture will provide a senior vet.

“The vets will check to see if the horses are fit to run.

“If the horses do not pass the vet check then they simply cannot run and that is in terms of animal care.”

Beddoes said the decision of the vets will be final.

She said no event could succeed without the support and commitment of sponsors and partners who also saw the value in supporting this unique annual community event.

The Sabeto Horse Races sponsored by The Fiji Times is regarded as Fiji’s premier horseracing event.

The other sponsors are Tourism Fiji, Mama’s Pizza, Flame Tree, Hot Bread Kitchen, ASCO Motors and Merchant Finance.

The media partners are Fiji TV, Communications Fiji Ltd, The Fiji Times and the event partners are Higgins, Vantage Photography, Knox Entertainment, Formscaff, Premium Signcrafters, Animals Fiji, Encore and Party & Events Fiji.

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