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Horse owners plead for reopening of race tracks

Aug 03. 2020
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Racehorse owners in Nakhon Ratchasima province are calling on the government to lift the ban on horse racing after the tracks have been closed for more than five months due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Phutthiphat Phongchaisakul, president of Nakhon Ratchasima Race Horse Owners’ Association, and some racehorse owners visited Government House on Monday (August 3) to submit a letter addressed to the premier asking that the government consider lifting the ban on racing so owners can start earning again.

“Due to Covid-19, racing tracks in the province have been shut down since March 7, resulting in no income for horse owners, who need to spend about Bt20,000 a month per horse to keep it healthy and ready for racing,” he said. “This covers the horse’s food, medicine, equipment and staff salaries.

“Horse and track owners are willing to comply with all measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 once races are allowed,” he added.

The letter was accepted by Sompas Nilapund, deputy permanent secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, who said it will be forwarded to the relevant agency.

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