After a series of cross-boundary horse movement trial runs over a two-year period, Conghua Training Centre (CTC) became operational today (Tuesday, 12 June) when the first horses to be stabled at CTC arrived at 10:38am to mark the beginning of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s dual-site operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.
The first shipment of 14 horses departed Sha Tin at 6:30am and arrived at the main entrance of Conghua Training Centre four hours and eight minutes later at 10:38am to take up their new residence. The horses are retired Hong Kong thoroughbreds that belong to the Club’s Racing Development Board (RDB) and perform an important role in the education of new staff. The next shipment will take place on Thursday (14 June) when 21 RDB horses cross the boundary on their journey to Conghua.
This major achievement paves the way for Hong Kong Jockey Club racehorses currently in training to make the move to CTC next month. The highly anticipated opening of CTC is one of the biggest developments within the global horse racing industry, featuring top-class facilities throughout the venue.