British thoroughbreds to spice up derby | other | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 19, 2017-Thursday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

British thoroughbreds to spice up derby

The derby scene in India is all set to change, for the better. With the ban on import of thoroughbred breeding stock from the United Kingdom being lifted by the agriculture ministry earlier this year, premier exporters from the UK are swarming to the country to make hay, literally.

other Updated: Oct 22, 2010 00:01 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

The derby scene in India is all set to change, for the better. With the ban on import of thoroughbred breeding stock from the United Kingdom being lifted by the agriculture ministry earlier this year, premier exporters from the UK are swarming to the country to make hay, literally.

The ban came into effect in 1991 due to concerns over contagious equine metritis (CEM), a venereal infection, although no positive cases have been detected in the past nine years.

As a consequence of the ban being relaxed, breeding houses like Tattersalls Breeding stock from Britain are set to conduct their first sale on November 30.

“Indian buyers can have the option of choosing from British thoroughbreds, which widens their discretionary buying opportunities. It is a welcome step for us no doubt, but it is more of a win for them,” said Jason Singh of Tattersalls.

Singh was categorical that the ban was “half hollow” while it had existed, as imports from Ireland were possible but not from the UK.

“So, if someone wanted to desperately buy a particular breed, he could arrange for the transportation to Ireland without any fear of CEM infection violation,” he said.

Export sales are expected to cross three million pounds each year but the real advantage remains to be seen on the rising sporting scenario in the country.

“There are a host of factors that determine success on the racing track or on the polo field.

“Having the right breed which suits your requirements is difficult, so the more the options the better for us,” said Harjeet Pal Sandhu, a breeding enthusiast from Chandigarh.