The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has thrown its full weight behind Mainland China’s most international racing event, the China Equine Cultural Festival, with today’s announcement of an extension to a partnership that began in early 2016.

The ATC will once again be one of four feature race sponsors at this Sunday’s 2017 CECF Race Day, presenting the Australian Turf Club CECF Champions Cup (1000m). Over the last 18 months the partnership between the ATC and the China Horse Club has blossomed, seeing the former commit to partnering with the China Equine Cultural Festival and the latter partnering the last two running’s of the G1 China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes as well as this year’s G3 China Horse Club Carbine Club Stakes.

“Under the direction of CEO Darren Pearce and its board, headed by Chairman Laurie Macri, the Australian Turf Club continues to demonstrate that it is a world leader in its field,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the 2017 CECF Ordos Organizing Committee and the China Horse Club.

“With the success of The Championships, the announcement of The Everest and with their continued partnership of the China Equine Cultural Festival, the Australian Turf Club continues to pioneer initiatives that are not only exceptional for horse racing in Australia but which are showing the way for race club’s around the world.

“It is through the support of CECF partners like the Australian Turf Club that grassroots racing in China is promoted and where the owners of future Russian Revolutions or Invaders or First Seals take their first steps.”

The ATC’s Vice Chair, Ms Trish Egan, will be in Ordos, Inner Mongolia to present the Australian Turf Club CECF Champions Cup, joining a who’s who of business leaders and thoroughbred industry leaders from across China and from around the world.

“The partnership between China Horse Club and the Australian Turf Club is an important one for racing in both jurisdictions,” said James Ross, Racing, Wagering and International General Manager of the ATC.

“The CHC have a large number of horses in training in the Sydney area and are significant investor in the Australian breeding industry.

“The ATC is keen to see the racing industry continue to grow in China and the CECF is a fantastic initiative to help foster this growth and the CHC and its partners must be commended on their role to build a significant event in just a short period of time. Our partnership continues to strengthen through the mutual presence at major racing carnivals in China and Australia.”

The China Horse Club’s belief in the ATC has seen it invest heavily in the region and to committing most of its Australian racing team in Sydney at ATC managed racecourse.

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