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Horse Racing : The 2023 Season To Kick Off On March 18

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The 2023 season will start in less than two months. The Horse Racing Division held a meeting with trainers today in view of finding a date for the start of the new season. The 18th of March has been set as the date for the first meeting, after most trainers informed that their horses will be ready to run by then.

Things must settle quickly for the MTC Sports and Leisure Ltd (MTCSL) as the horse racing organiser has not yet got the lease from the Côte d’Or International Racecourse and Entertainment Complex (COIREC) to use the Champ-de-mars track. The MTCSL is waiting for the lease to proceed for the renewal of its licence. Whereas the People’s Turf PLC Ltd (PTP) has both the lease and the licence for the 2023 season.

There might be more race meetings this year with 48 to be run at the Champ-de-mars and 20 which would be organised at the new racecourse owned by ex-bookmaker, founder of SMS Pariaz, main shareholder of the PTP and of the horse importer company Global Equestrian Ltd and owner, Jean-Michel Lee Shim, at Petit Gamin in Balaclava.

The fixtures (dates) for the 2023 season will be communicated when approved. Furthermore, the fixtures committee for 2023 will comprise of four trainers, namely Alain Perdrau, Samraj Mahadia, Vincent Allet and Vishal Ramanah.

Four other trainers have raised concerns as their horses who trained mainly at the Centre Guy Desmarais in Floreal have just resumed training on Monday and they said that they will not be ready to start on March 18. Whereas the other trainers have continued to train their horses at Petit Gamin.

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