The introduction of thoroughbred racing into Mainland China is taking shape with the announcement today of its first official meeting.
The China Horse Club has today announced the inaugural China Equine Cultural Festival, run across two days in September and highlighted by the first race-meeting.
This meeting will be held in a place called Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, and is being officially supported by the Government there.
Thoroughbred horses are being sourced from Australia, France and Ireland and those countries are all supporting the venture as well.
Former Melbourne Racing Club CEO, Warren Brown has been appointed CEO of the China Horse Club and Sydney-based trainer John Thompson, currently running the Patinack Farm operation as head trainer, will be preparing the international horses for the China Equine Cultural Festival.
Already the China Horse Club, with the help of breeding giant Coolmore, has purchased several high-profile yearlings, including three by super-sire Fastnet Rock.
The race meeting will be held on September 21.
Source : TVN