Ekleel Athbah winning the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes (Group 2PA) at Newbury in 2022. Ekleel Athbah was Arabian Racing Organisation Leading Horse of 2022 and has been invited to race in the Al Mneefah Cup as part of this year’s Saudi Cup Festival. ©Debbie Burt
To Ensure Equine Welfare Protocols Followed for Saudi Cup 2023
EMR Press Release
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– Kildare-based Equine MediRecord will be deploying their revolutionary software platform for all the horses racing in this year’s two day Saudi Cup event. This will include a new Arabic version of the Equine MediRecord platform to help all the Saudi based trainers and veterinarians more easily use the system to help clear the Saudi based horses through the festival’s equine welfare protocols.
The platform will support the highly prestigious Group 1 Saudi Cup, the world’s most valuable horse race. The Equine MediRecord platform allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare as well as aiding with crucial anti-doping procedures. This platform will provide all entrants, trainers and vets, a system to comply with the latest anti-doping and animal welfare measures. This will allow all this information to be collected digitally. Integrity of this information will be ensured using the Equine MediRecord system and its algorithms which will guarantee the compliance for all horses who participate before they race, ensuring the best possible equine welfare.
Equine MediRecord’s platform has seen extensive international traction after its launch only a number of years ago having already amassed an impressive list of clients and users including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Maryland 5 Star, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Arabian Racing Organisation, Pegasus World Cup, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Last year Equine MediRecord received a multi-million dollar investment from Merits Holdings to become part of their Business Infusions group, the largest equine veterinary software group in the world.
The company sells and maintains a revolutionary software platform which allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare as well as aiding with crucial anti-doping procedures. The new system EMR has developed for the Saudi Cup 2023 which will automatically inform trainers from across the world of the safety and integrity regulations that need to be followed and what documents need to be submitted through the system to allow horses to run at the Saudi Cup
Once records are entered into the system they cannot be altered, providing integrity and transparency for all concerned. The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia continues to be a leader in the region when it comes to adopting best welfare and anti-doping protocols. With the sport and its integrity in the spotlight the Irish innovation is sure to be adopted by more top racing organisations who are looking to ensure best possible welfare and anti-doping practices for the horses in their care.
Tom Ryan of the Saudi Cup said “We are delighted to be expanding our Equine MediRecord involvement this year to include an Arabic module. The initial use of the system for the 2022 event was an outstanding success, the core fundamentals of the technology are rock solid”
Pierce Dargan, Chief Executive Officer of Equine MediRecord said “We are thrilled about our partnership with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and doing all we can to help again ensure that the best horse welfare and transparency protocols are followed for this year’s Saudi Cup. We are excited to deploy the Arabic version of our Equine MediRecord system with Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia’s support and hope this will drive adoption of our system by more equine events in the region who want to ensure the best equine welfare and bio-security protocols are being followed at their events.”
For more on Equine MediRecord, visit www.equinemedirecord.com.