The Australian Turf Club has taken its most significant step yet into the growing Chinese market with the sponsoring of the RMB500,000 Australian Turf Club Cup at the CECF Ordos on 21st August. The cup will be one of the feature events at the China Equine Cultural Festival, a lifestyle and thoroughbred racing event that continues to grow in prominence both domestically and internationally.

The Australian Turf Club’s partnership with the CECF follows its launching of a Chinese Festival of Racing during Chinese New Year in February and the growing internationalization of its flagship carnival, The Championships.

"The Australian Turf Club, under the direction of Chief Executive Darren Pearce, Chief Operating Officer Tony Partridge and its board, has shown that it is a leader in the Australian marketplace and it is wonderful to have their support at the CECF Ordos as a race sponsor," said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the CECF Ordos Organizing Committee.

"The Australian Turf Club continues to lead its peers in the international market with this level of involvement in Mainland China. As a business the Australian Turf Club understands the importance of international markets and the opportunities they present to build their brand and the racing carnivals they host.

“Both the Australian Turf Club and the China Horse Club see clear synergies and wonderful opportunities in business and in racing between these Australia and China in the immediate term and the long term. Both industries will benefit through the vision and energy of the Australian Turf Club."

The running of the RMB 500,000 Australian Turf Club Cup at the CECF Ordos is an extension of the relationship being built between the two clubs. At the Australian Turf Club's flagship Golden Slipper meeting this year the China Horse Club sponsored the $A1,000,000 G1 George Ryder Stakes which was won by Horse of the Year elect Winx.

The Australian Turf Club remains the first choice of training centres for members of the China Horse Club in Australia with the more than 60 thoroughbreds in training at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens. This list of racehorses includes reigning NSW Horse of the Year First Seal, the highly promising Russian Revolution and the quality stayer Orbec. Recently retired stars include G1 winners Press Statement, Pride of Dubai and Vancouver.

The Australian Turf Club is a Platinum partner of the CECF Ordos. For more information on the Australian Turf Club please visit