After a series of cross-boundary horse movement trial runs over a two-year period, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Conghua Training Centre became operational yesterday when the first horses to be stabled at CTC arrived to mark the beginning of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s dual-site operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
“This is an historic moment for the Hong Kong Jockey Club,” said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s chief executive officer.
“The commencement of the dual-site operations represents a significant achievement made possible by the establishment of the Equine Disease Free Zone.
“The CTC is a world-class facility that will allow for the continued growth of Hong Kong racing. The centre will offer new options to our owners and trainers and will enable us to expand Hong Kong’s horse population as we look to future development.
“The opening of the Conghua Training Centre will also make it possible for us to commence the important work of further refurbishment of the Sha Tin stabling.”
New Zealand-bred gallopers have made up 339 of the 1298 runners in Hong Kong this season (26.1 per cent) and have won 215 of the 724 races (29.7 per cent).