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   20 September, 2012
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Toa Payoh Vets Clinical Research
Horse Cases seen by Dr Sing Kong Yuen

Singapore horse - impaction colic Singapore horse. Left fore tendinitis Warmblood feeling the Singapore's hot and humid noon time Macau Jockey Club on May 28, 2012, singapore, toapayohvets
2002. The horse has constipation 2002. The horse has swollen tendons 2002. The horse pees with great difficulty 2012 Images of Macau Jockey Club
       
Nipah Virus affecting horse racing in Singapore & Malaysia 2001. Never judge a book by its cover 2001. Racehorse in the drain - shoot him? 2001.  This mare bites its belly
       
2001. What makes a racehorse win races? The Chairman's pony had colic 2001. Urticarial lumps are itchy in any racehorse 2001.  This racehorse bites its tail
       
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Dr Sing's research report on the Singapore/Malaysia horse racing industry during the years 1980 - 1990

What makes a racehorse club successful?
Written by: Dr Sing Kong Yuen
Date of report: Around 1990


Update: Sep 20, 2012.

Some 20 years have flown by. Racing in Singapore is no longer the same as during the time I was the "Junior Veterinary Surgeon" of the Singapore Turf Club (STC) from 1982 - 1988 and a "Veterinary Surgeon" of the Bukit Turf Club (BTC) in 1989. 1989 was my last year of employment with the BTC as I decided to go back to my small animal practice at Toa Payoh Vets www.toapayohvets.com which I started around 1982 after having been with racehorses for around 8 years.

The Singapore Totalisator Board (STB) was formed in 1988 and appointed an agent, the Bukit Turf Club (BTC) to take  over the racing and 4-D operations with effect from 1988. The BTC replaced the STC and formed an interesting task force to reverse the decline in the racing industry. Visits were made to racing clubs in Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand. One of the members was me. I had written an article on the business of racing in Singapore in the late 1980s is compared with other racing clubs for an editor of a start up racing magazine.
 
A start-up racing magazine editor asked me to contribute an article for his inaugural issue. Rather than writing about common veterinary conditions of racehorses, I attempted to write a useful article for the benefit of the racehorses, the trainers and the jockeys. Since I had spent so much time with the task force, I had lots of information about the state of the Singapore racing industry and what was troubling it. A post-mortem of the racing industry and what to do was essentially what I would write.

The article was obtained by analysing the racing performance reported in various annual racecourse publications from the clubs in the U.S, South Africa, Hong Kong and Australia. These reports were requested by me in writing and the clubs post them to me in my personal capacity as a racehorse veterinarian doing research on veterinary viruses affecting racing and experienced by other clubs. 

Pages of the article have been scanned so as to share the historical data and information with racecourse operators in other parts of the world and to encourage the younger vets to add value to their employers and do the right thing, making a positive contribution and difference to their working environment. See also: Adding value to the employer's services - vowing the clients with memorable services

It was an article which I wanted to submit to the STB but did not know how. It was full of facts and information and it took several weeks to write as there was so much material from various horse-racing clubs to analyse and condense into a useful article. Remember I was just an ordinary racehorse veterinarian not a manager who produces management reports and so I hesitated in submitting this article to Mr Quek Chee Hoong. It was a "boring article" if submitted as it consisted of pages of words and tables, unlike the printed product with layout and photographs as published in the racing magazine (12 pages scanned as stated below).

I hope readers enjoy reading it and these pages are as follows:
 

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How the 12 pages of the magazine was researched and published by Dr Sing Kong Yuen in 1998-1999. It took some 30 years and now, I have completed my writing of "Dr Goh Keng Swee's few good men and women" to provide a historical background to what ailments afflicted the Singapore horse racing industry in the 1980s. They are as follows:  
   
Dr Goh Keng Swee's few good men and women - reversing the decline in horse racing - Part 1 Dr Goh Keng Swee's few good men and women - reversing the decline in horse racing - Part 2    
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