OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF ZHEJIANG NINE DRAGONS HILL NATIONAL JOCKEY INVITATION RACE - 2014 CECF

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF ZHEJIANG NINE DRAGONS HILL NATIONAL JOCKEY INVITATION RACE - 2014 CECF

Zhejiang Sports Bureau has approved the running of China’s richest domestic racing event in 2014. The Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race – 2014 CECFis one of three feature events that will be hosted by the China Horse Club. The accompanying two feature events are the 2014 CECF The Yangtze Delta Region Gala Dinner;and 2014 CECF The Yangtze Delta Region Kunshan Cultural Visit. These three events will take place between11th-13th October.

 

The Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race– 2014 CECF will be held at Nine Dragons Hill Polo Club. Zhejiang Sports Bureau recognizes that Nine Dragons Hill Polo Club is a suitable venue to host thoroughbred racing events and that it has the experience to host major national events. This event is also being supported by thoroughbred racing’s ruling body, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

In 2014 this event will be a platform for the identification of talented young jockeys from across China. These young riders will compete alongside invited international jockeys in the spirit of competition. The promotion of young talents is a core goal of the China Horse Club, an elite lifestyle, business and thoroughbred racing club that provides unique experiences to its members in China and around the world.

Since its inception in 2012 The China Horse Club has endeavoured to be a contributor to the growth of the thoroughbred industry in China. With support from local and international partners, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Coolmore, and France Galop, it has established thoroughbred industry training programs in Ireland and France for local Chinese students and fostered interest in the social and lifestyle aspects of thoroughbred racing through local and international racehorse ownership programs.

The CHC’s international racehorse ownership program has provided a roadmap for the future success of Chinese involvement in thoroughbred racing. The club’s Chairman, Mr Teo Ah Khing, and Coolmore are among the co-owners of the world’s number one 3-year old racehorse Australia. The CHC and Coolmore are co-owners of the dam of The Wow Signal, Europe’sleading two-year-old racehorse.

The CHC’s international racing program has generated success at some of the world’s racing capitals including Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, France, Italy, Singapore and the USA. Every success is aimed at inspiring Chinese to achieve distinction and success in what is traditionally a sport dominated by the West.

CECF 2014 Partners of Prestige

 

The CHC’s phenomenal achievements would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of IFHA and its President, Mr Louis Romanetand its partners and sponsors.

These partners include the 2014 race sponsors Longines, anOfficial Partner, Official Timekeeper, and Official Watch of the CHC. Longines is the world’s most established timekeeper of sporting events. Coolmore, the world’sundisputed leading thoroughbred breeder and breeding partner of the CHC. The Hurun Report is China’s leading publication on trends and business people. Sir Owen Glenn, renowned philanthropist and businessman, is a believer in the value of education and events that create new opportunities for local Chinese.

The China Daily Group is the Official Media Partner of the Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race – 2014 CECF.

CHC’sadditional partners and sponsors include, in alphabetical order, the following; Bombardier,Christie’s,Crown Resorts, Fields and Selects, Gold Berry, Imasa Dinasti, iQIY, Jennifer Mak, Jing An Shangri-La, Kee Club, Kiton, Kun Shan Tourism Resort, Laboratoire Sanoflore, LETV, Liftec,Nine Dragons Hill Polo Club, NMTV, Oceans Marketing, PPTV, S.Y.C. Yacht Club, The China Daily Group, The Fairmont Peace Hotel, Toudo, TPME,Trends, Willliam Inglis & Sons Ltd., Youko,

‘Bringing The World to China and China to the World’

The World to China:

  • International delegates, sponsors and VIPs coming to experience Chinese culture and the dynamism of the Yangtze Delta Region
  • International sponsors and partners supporting thoroughbred racing in China
  • The promotion of the international sport of Thoroughbred Racing and the bespoke lifestyle it can provide to Chinese who aspire for it, networking benefits, and unique experiences
  • The hosting of a National Jockeys Challenge that will see selected international riders competing alongside jockeys from across China.
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China to the World:

  • A commitment to promote Chinese art and artists outside of China at China Horse Club events around the world
  • Showcase the best of China’s cultural virtues through Chinese art and through cultural performance at major events
  • This event will be carried across China through broadcast partner NMTV and to an international audience through digital media channels making the Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race – 2014 CECF one of the most watched thoroughbred racing events anywhere in the world this year
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A Global Event

 

An invitation only formal gala dinner - 2014 CECF The Yangtze Delta Region Gala Dinner –will be held on 11 October 2014 at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel kick-offing the 3-day event and provide an elegant platform to set the tone of this year’s CECF. The evening event will celebrate the future of horseracing in China. Arguably the feature event of the evening will be the unveiling and auctioning of four unique horse blankets. Each blanket will feature art works by one of China’s contemporary artists including Yue Min Jun and Li Xiao Ling. The fusion of horse culture and art reinforces a close bond shared throughout China’s history that dates back to the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600-1100BC). Each blanket will be auctioned at the gala dinner and be worn by the wining racehorse of each of the four feature events of the CECF Race Day the following day.

The CHC recognizes the historic ties between art and equine culture in China. Throughout China’s rich past its people have had a genuine appreciation for horses and expressed this in paintings and the visual arts. To further the promotion of art and equine culture, the CHC announces its on-going intent to promote culture, education, humanity, and youth training.

 

This year’s Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race – 2014 CECF is organized with the support of industry peers. These organizations include France Galop, Singapore Turf Club (STC), Irish Turf Club, Mauritius Turf Club and Racing NSW (Australia).

The four thoroughbred races will see participation from the CHC’s internationally-bred, raised and performed thoroughbreds over the following distances: 1,000m, 1,600m, 1,800m, and 2,400m.

These events will see spirited competition between selected international jockeys and local jockeys. This competition is part of the CHC efforts to develop and train Chinese jockeys and inspire the next generation of young Chinese. This commitment has also seen the CHC commit to organizing funding and strategic partnerships for the training of jockeys overseas. It is a goal of the CHC to one day have Chinese jockeys riding on its horses in some of the world’s most prestigious races.

The final day of the CHC’s feature festival will see invited guests take a cultural visit to the city of Kunshan. In 2010 Kunshan ranked first in a study by Forbes in the “25 Best County-level Cities in China”. It has also been recognized with the following awards, Excellent Tourism City of China, The National Garden City, the National Model City of Environment Protection and the National Model Zone of Ecology .

 

The Founding of the CHC

When the CHC was established as an elite club for horse owners in 2012, its founder and chairman – Mr Teo Ah Khing – envisioned its members to be society’s select models of success, excellence, entrepreneurial motivation, and responsible stewardship. Mr Teodiscovered thoroughbred ownership as a passionate hobby that required a perceptive mind, a competitive spirit, and a compassionate heart. With these attributes, Mr Teo has continued to promote horse ownership and horseracing as the definer of stature, character, and success.

 
Mr Teo Ah Khing

Under the guidance of Mr Teo, the CHC’s achievements have become meteoric and outstanding globally within a short period of time. The CHC’s stable of racehorses,together with Mr Teo’s partners,have won prestigious races such as the Investec Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby, Juddmonte International, the Longines Singapore Gold Cup and Australian ATC Sires Produce Stakes. Globally, the CHC’s distinct red silks with yellow stars have become familiar winners in the racing capitals ofIreland, England, France, Italy, Australia, the United States, and Singapore. CHC’s successes have accorded Mr Teo access to some of the world’s most impressive personalities in horseracing such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIof England, Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Abdullah and Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Qatar, John Magnier of Coolmore, John Warren racing advisor to the Queen of England, Aidan O’Brien of Ballydoyle, Sir Owen Glenn of Glenn Family Foundation and Dato Tan Chin Nam of Think Big Stud.

Mr Teo’s horseracing victories havealso won support and admiration froma spectrum of society’s elite including world leaders, heads of state, industry taipans, business tycoons, financial leaders, bankers, fashion designers, fashion icons, and artists.

The Zhejiang Nine Dragons Hill National Jockey Invitation Race– 2014 CECF aspires to promote elite domestic thoroughbred racing, promote the talents of young Chinese jockeys and bring China international recognition. The achievement of these goals is only possible with the good will and spirit of collaboration of the Zhejiang Sports Bureau and the CHC’s valued local and international partners and sponsors.

For more information about 2014 CECF The Yangtze Delta Region events please contact the CHC through the following means:

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