Key Dates

1 January 2020

Early-bird registration opens

31 May 2020

Abstract submission deadline




Welcome Message

Welcome to the official website of ICRAV 2020, the biennial International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV); to be held from 24 to 31 October 2020 in Hong Kong.

It is the pleasure of the Organising Committee to invite you to attend and participate in ICRAV 2020; a conference with over 100 scientific presentations and forum discussions addressing the technical challenges of our industry. The conference will be held in Hong Kong, China, an international city that has vast cultural diversity and cosmopolitan lifestyle for both you and your family to enjoy!

We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong for an unforgettable experience!

Hong Kong ICRAV 2020 Organising Committee

Welcome Message from CEO of HKJC

On behalf of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a warm welcome to Hong Kong and the 23rd International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV 2020).

This conference, with its theme Sustaining the Integrity of Racing, could not be more timely or more important for the future of our sport.

In a globalised environment, where horses increasingly cross borders and jurisdictions, and where efforts to subvert the integrity of racing grow ever more sophisticated, the need for common regulatory standards and for the highest standards of testing and equine care is paramount.

Bringing together the world’s leading racing analysts, veterinarians and administrators, and featuring the latest technologies, methodologies and trends, the ICRAV 2020 is therefore sure to make a vital contribution. It is also an essential conference for any professional in the field.

The Club, with its world-class racing laboratory and veterinary expertise, also looks forward to sharing its own experience. This includes an opportunity to tour the Club’s new Conghua Racecourse and its equine disease-free zone.

So join us in Hong Kong this October for what I am sure will be a truly memorable ICRAV 2020 conference.

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

Chief Executive Officer

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Welcome Message from Chair of ICRAV 2020

Dear members and guests,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my greatest pleasure to invite you to Hong Kong to attend the 23rd International Conference of Racing Analysts & Veterinarians (ICRAV). This is a momentous occasion for Hong Kong, being host to an ICRAV for the second time since 1985. During these 35 years, ICRAV has already toured 15 countries across six continents around the globe before coming back to Hong Kong again!

The theme of ICRAV 2020, Sustaining the Integrity of Racing, will address the challenges faced by both regulatory Veterinarians and Analysts due to the changing landscape of doping brought about by new doping trends such as gene doping or therapy. As such, we hope that you will enjoy the Joint Sessions centered on this theme as well as Joint Sessions on pharmacology, sustainability of racing in general and continuous professional development for both regulatory Veterinarians and Analysts. In addition, we are extremely pleased to present to you for the first time, the Legal Minefield which aims to address issues of defending cases through a specially designed mock court.

The ICRAV 2020 Organising Committee is also pleased to host two pre-ICRAV two-day workshops with the themes of: 1. Data Mining of Omics Evidence, Method Validation and Uncertainty of Measurements; and 2. Suitability to Race Veterinary Examinations: Gait and Lameness Assessment, and Legal Liability.

For accompanying persons, there is just so much that Hong Kong has to offer being a doorway to a host of traditional Chinese cultural activities. We hope that there will be something for everyone in the array of activities planned for accompanying persons.

We are looking forward to making ICRAV 2020 in Hong Kong an unforgettable experience for both our delegates and their accompanying persons alike!

Yours sincerely,

Emmie Ho

Chair, ICRAV 2020 Organising Committee