RTC Premier Cup Race at Nuwara Eliya today
The newly formed Royal Turf Club is committed to ensuring racing is
returned to the prestigious position it has long held and is elevated to
the highest standard of competition. The Royal Turf Club is passionate
about and dedicated to ensuring and upholding ethics through maintaining
a ZERO tolerance policy towards drug and animal abuse. For the first
time in Sri Lanka racehorses will be given drug tests prior to racing.
In the past in Sri Lankan racing there may have been a dark side in
which cruelty and abuse through doping destroyed the lives of these
beautiful animals.. As passionate equestrians with a wealth of knowledge
and experience in the field of racing The Royal Turf Club,headed by
renowned CEO Wayne Wood and it's dedicated committee of consummate
professionals, was formed to ensure that such cruel and inhuman
treatment of horses is brought to a complete halt. The Royal Turf Club
races with the horses welfare in mind.
The Royal Turf Club adheres strictly to the rules pertaining to the
welfare of horses, ill treatment and anti - doping under the Rules of
Racing, they are of the highest priority.The thoroughbred horses are in
clean , well ventilated stables and are exercised in the morning and
walked in the afternoon. They are well fed and watered as any athlete
should be. Trained stable hands attend to the care of these most
precious animals. Surprise inspections are also carried out by
Stipendiary Stewards to ensure that they are being well cared for. The
Royal Turf Club will also set up a modern specialist equine hospital
that will provide veterinary services to horses. It is vital that we
ensure and uphold ethics through maintaining a zero tolerance policy
towards drug and animal abuse.
Among the long term development objectives of The Royal Turf Club is
a drive to strengthen the sport's growth avenues by engaging more young
people through gainful employment on full, part time and seasonal basis.